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05/21/2021 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Last week, the European Union (EU) condemned a recent sentence handed down for Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian human rights activist and journalist, according to an AP News report. The condemnation came shortly after Iran sentenced Mohammadi to 30 months in prison and 80 lashes for protesting the regime.

This sentence falls in line with the continued human rights violations committed by Iran, including the arrest of Christians under recently revised penal codes targeting minority religions. A statement from an EU spokesperson called the sentence a “worrying development” and urged Iran to look into Mohammadi’s case using “applicable international human rights law and taking into account her deteriorating health condition.”

Amnesty International, a prominent human rights organization, joined the EU in the call for Iran to lift the sentence. “This outrageous sentence has been imposed solely for [Mohammadi’s] peaceful human rights activism,” Amnesty said in a tweet. “[Supreme Leader Khamenei] must quash her sentence and remove her travel ban NOW!

Human rights continue to deteriorate in Iran as Christians are jailed for their beliefs and face tremendous pressure from the regime. Dissidents like Mohammadi are unable to freely express their criticism of these abuses and often suffer in the Iranian prison system, notorious for widespread abuse of prisoners. International human rights watchers continue to encourage Western governments to put pressure on the Iranian regime, especially the U.S. in its negotiations with Iranian officials on a nuclear agreement.

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