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09/02/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Persian news reports that two Christian converts living in the Iranian city of Sardasht have been arrested and taken to an unknown location. Details regarding their arrests remain scarce.

Their arrests occur within the broader context of Iran increasing pressure on Christians. Persecution had briefly paused at the start of the pandemic, as Iran was the epicenter of COVID-19 in the Middle East region and the authorities struggled to contain the virus. While the pandemic continues laying waste to Iran, they have resumed the persecution of Christians. A mass wave of arrests occurred in June, signaling an end to the brief respite from persecution.

Iran ranks as one of the world’s top violators of religious freedom. The government is strictly Islamic, a sentiment which is not represented by its citizens. Decades of corruption and human rights abuses have soured many Iranians regarding the representation of Islam which the government supports. This has opened the door for the spread of the Gospel message. Christianity in Iran is the fastest growing within the region.

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