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Gross violations of the rights of religious minorities continue to take place in Iran.

ICC Note:

Persecution in Iran continues to escalate. On March 14, a Jewish-Armenian couple and three others were secretly executed in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani awaits the same fate after being convicted of apostasy last September and issued the death sentence by hanging. In addition, seven Baha’is were reissued a twenty year prison sentence in a court where no evidence against them was produced. They were convicted of a series of national security crimes, including espionage, Voice of America reports.

4/6/2011 Iran (Voice of America) – Gross violations of the rights of religious minorities continue to take place in Iran.

The seven imprisoned leaders of Iran’s Baha’i community have had a 20 year sentence reimposed, after authorities reversed an earlier decision to cut that term in half.

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner condemned the move:

“We’re deeply troubled about reports coming out of Iran that a 20 year sentence of the seven Baha’i leaders was reinstated on appeal by the prosecutor general, a man the United States recently imposed economic sanctions and a travel ban on for committing serious human rights violations.  We condemn this unprecedented step as a violation of Iran’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

Other religious minority groups are also reporting mounting persecution in Iran. Yousef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor in the city of Rasht has been sentenced to death for apostasy. Five other Christians, including Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani, have been told they will stand trial in June on charges of blasphemy. Human rights monitors say that a Jewish-Armenian couple was secretly executed in Evin prison in March. Gonabadi dervishes, a Shia Sufi order, have been detained, and lawyers who defend them have been imprisoned.

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