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Iran: Persecution of Christians Increasing with Arrest of 3 Pastors

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 02
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Christians in Iran continue to face persecution, and pastors in particular are targeted, according to


Recently, three pastors from Azerbaijan were arrested after they visited Iran. International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that the reason for their arrest is unknown.


The Iranian government seems to target Christians for no apparent reason which has caused Christian families to be fearful for their safety.


ICC’s Sandra Elliot commented on the persecution Christians face in Iran:


"They never really back off,” she said. “It's more about when we hear it happen. I think a lot more is going on than what we hear about, honestly."


She also condemned the actions of the Iranian government: 


“The identity of a nation as an Islamic republic is more important [to them] than anything else, including the sovereignty of citizens from other countries. It's absolutely ridiculous. It's a whole other level of tyranny when they're arresting visitors than when they're arresting their own people  - which is also obviously a tragedy."


Elliot called on the U.S. government to condemn Iran’s actions and to do something about the persecution Christians are facing.



Publication date: August 2, 2016