25 Iranian Christians with Muslim Backgrounds Arrested

25 Iranian Christians with Muslim Backgrounds Arrested

Tehrān : Iran | Jan 06, 2011 at 7:51 PM PST
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In a new wave of victimization of Christians in Iran, about 25 Christians with a Muslim background – including church leaders and five married couples are confirmed to have been arrested at their homes in several cities.

In a statement by the Release International, (www.releaseinternational.org) a United Kingdom (UK) registered charity, it said that two couples were separated from very young children.

It noted that Christians in Iran are concerned by a recent wave of arrests targeting their community – and by officials' threats of more to follow and that Religious rights group Middle East Concern (MEC) reports that arrests have been made in Tehran and various other cities in a crackdown which began over Christmas.

“MEC reports that 14 of the 25 are still in detention. The 11 others were reportedly interrogated and forced to sign statements declaring they would no longer participate in Christian activities before being released,” it stated.

It said that there are reports of other arrests, though the precise numbers involved are not yet clear adding that Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that 50 others have been detained.

Release said that the Governor General of Tehran province, Morteza Tamaddon, confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that a number of evangelical Christians in Iran had been arrested. “He referred to them as a 'corrupt' influence and gave warning that further arrests were imminent.”

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