ICC Note: An Assyrian Christian owned property that has been seized by the Iranian government is now likely to be converted into a mosque in Tehran. Traditionally, Iran has been relatively tolerant of traditional ethnic Christian communities while severely targeting converts from Islam to Christianity. This longstanding case has shown that Iran’s efforts to further Islamize the country have not slowed.
01/04/2016 Iran (Foreign Desk) The Iranian regime is proving its intolerance towards Christians in the Islamic nation once again in an inequitable move to convert grounds illegally confiscated from Assyrian Christian church into a mosque.
The property, belonging to Iran’s Assyrian community’s Chaldean Catholic Church in the capital city of Tehran’s Patrice Lumumba Street, was illegally confiscated two years ago when church leaders were told that an Islamic prayer hall would be built there.
The Assyrian representative at the Islamic Assembly in Iran has protested the takeover, against the backdrop of increased crackdowns on this minority Christian group. Government authorities are refusing to return the property.