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[The Difficult Task of Monitoring Constitutional Compliance[1]]

Section 7, Minorities

[Page:] 603


In the Name of God


Number 78-898

Dated 24 Mordad 1378 [15 August 1999]


Hojjatol-Islam Mr. Mousavi-Lari

Esteemed Minister of the Interior


Respectfully, I convey that numerous complaints have been received, to date, by this Committee’s Secretariat regarding the failure of the Personal Status Registration Offices to record the marriages of the followers of sects that are not among the official religions of the country, and that those offices  continue to refuse to record these marriages in reliance upon [Ministerial] Circular number 43/1134, dated 15 Esfand 1357 [6 March 1979] ( a copy which is enclosed), notwithstanding the fact that recognizing the human rights of all citizens is a duty of the government of the Islamic Republic, as per Article 14 of the Constitution, and that Article 20 of the Constitution declares that human and civil rights belong to all the people of the country. The fact is that recording a marriage is clearly important for keeping public order and prevention of negative social impact, and, most importantly, in Islamic religious teachings the marriages [of people] of all sects (whether they are people of the [Holy] Books or not) are acceptable. I therefore request, based on the aforementioned points, that you issue an order regarding the resolution of this difficulty, and if you see fit, nullify the aforementioned Circular, make appropriate provisions and report the results to this Committee.

Hosein Mehrpour

[Legal Counsel] for the President and Head of Investigation and Oversight of Enforcement of the Constitution


[1] From a book: The Difficult Task of Monitoring Constitutional Compliance- Vazifeh Doshvar-e Nezarat bar Ejraeh Ghanoon-e Asasee 1376 – 1384 (1997-2006). Dr. Hosein Mehrpour, Tehran, Saales Publication, 1384 (2005)