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Worthy News | Iran has launched the “systematic persecution and prosecution” of “Protestants and Christian converts” with a Muslim background, closing churches, detaining believers and threatening some with execution, a new report claims.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, a major network of Iranian activists, said believers “face severe restrictions on religious practice and association, arbitrary arrests and detentions” for practicing their faith, “and violations of the right to life through state execution for apostasy and extrajudicial killings.”
It’s extensive report, ‘The Cost of Faith: Persecution of Christian Protestants and Converts in Iran’, cites cases of 31 Christians throughout Iran from April 2011 to July 2012, including Farshid Fathi, a Christian leader from Tehran who was detained in December 2010 as part of “a Christmas crackdown” on Christians.
The 33-year-old Fathi is serving six years imprisonment on charges of “acting against national security,” “contact with enemy foreign countries,” and “religious propaganda.”