Iran Regime Sentences every member of a Church to Prison for Practicing Christianity

Iran Regime Sentences every member of a Church to Prison for Practicing Christianity

Published by on August 16, 2018

Every member of a church in Iran has been sentenced to a year imprisonment for practicing Christianity.
According to an informed source:”A Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has sentenced them, and ten other Iranian Christian converts to one year imprisonment each, for ‘Propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran in favor of Christianity.’ This group of Christian converts was arrested on 7 April, 2015.”

According to Mohabat News, a Christian website, this Iranian Christian couple was charged with “orientation toward the land of Christianity”, while Jeff King, the president of International Christian Concern, confirmed on Friday that each member of the congregation was also sentenced to a year imprisonment.

Iran does legally recognise Christianity as a religion, but according to the US State Department’s 2017 report on International Religious Freedom in Iran, this does not include Christians who convert from Islam.

In fact, the Iranian penal code allows the death sentence for any non-Muslims who attempt to convert Muslims, anyone who creates hostility against God, and anyone who insults the prophet. These are intentionally vague charges that are used against anyone who questions the Regime and often against political prisoners.

It should be mentioned that the Iranian Regime has a long history of continuing to harass, intimidate, and arrest religious minorities in the country.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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