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Crackdown against Iranian Christians intensified

ICC Note:

Forced closures of Farsi speaking churches and arrests of Christian converts has intensified in Iran, Mohabat News reports.

6/19/2012 Iran (Mohabat News) – The crackdown on Christians in Iran, especially in recent times, is an indication of the weakness of the regime's leadership. Wherever there is a fear of losing legitimacy, a regime employs violence and repression.

The imposition of pressure on the Iranian Christian community by direct and obvious orders of the Islamic Republic, including closure of the Farsi speaking church of Janat-Abad in Tehran and arbitrary arrests, especially of Christians with non-Christian backgrounds, has once again intensified. Also, Christian groups advocating Human Rights condemned this action by the Islamic regime of Iran and highly criticized it regarding this issue.

In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law & Justice, wrote, "Iran's latest assault on the religious freedom of Christians is disturbing, yet not surprising. Iran has consistently shown that it has no respect for international human rights and religious freedom. In fact, Iran is one of the world's worst offenders.

Those who embrace Christianity do so at great risk and are frequently targeted for persecution – including death because of their religious beliefs."

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