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ICC Note: In Iran the repression on women severely limits their participation in many aspects of public life. As this reports highlight there have been Christian women who recently have been arrested because of their faith. These women are confronted with one of the most difficult situations of being a woman in a highly repressive society towards women and a Christian in a society that is restrictive of Christians. “Among religious minorities in Iran, female Christian converts face the worst form of harms and threats since they are far fewer in number.”
8/15/2013 Iran (Mohabat News) – Although women’s participation rate in Iranian society is highly limited due to traditional Islamic beliefs, there are also women who grasp every opportunity to take social, financial and political roles in an endeavor to revive their fundamental rights.
In this matter, we shouldn’t ignore the plight of female social and political activists in the fields related to religion. Women who belong to religious minority groups face unpleasant treatment from police every day in a Muslim dominant society where the government imposes harsh restrictions against women in scientific, learning and sport centers. Among religious minorities in Iran, female Christian converts face the worst form of harms and threats since they are far fewer in number.
Tens of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, many of whom are women, are currently in Iranian prisons, whose names are not mentioned anywhere and their stories have remained untold.
The first time the existence of female Christian prisoners was officially acknowledged was on April 9, 2013 when “Faezeh Hashemi”, daughter of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (Former Iranian president), said in an interview with Bahar Newspaper after her release from prison that she had two Christian cellmates during her detention.
Her description of the two Christian ladies raised speculation that they may be “Mitra Zahmati” and “Maryam Jalili”. Iranian authorities allegedly arrested these two women in the summer of 2011. After being tried, each was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and they are now serving their sentences.
According to the reports sent out from Iran, many Christians have been arrested and imprisoned since the beginning of the current Persian year. There are also a number of Christian women among those arrested.

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