Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Authorities suppress and arrest Christian converts in Iran

Police in southern Iran are arresting Muslim converts to Christianity as they crack down on house churches across the region, AsiaNews reported on May 22, citing the Compass Direct news agency.

The series of arrests began on May 11 when two couples were arrested at the Shiraz International airport. Since then, six more converts have been detained, including a family of four who had their house raided and belongings confiscated. Four of the ten individuals detained in all still remain behind bars.

Iran considers apostasy a capital crime for anyone who leaves Islam. According to the article, Iran’s Islamic regime has viewed the spread of Christianity and other “foreign religions” as a threat to national security. It notes that “many Muslim converts to Christianity have been executed on ‘espionage’ charges” in the last few years.

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