The UN condemned the treatment of Christians in Iran this week and called on the Iranian govermment to “immediately and unconditionally release all those who have been arrested and detained for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.”
The UN cited the specific case of three church leaders jailed for more than 10 years in 2017 and called on the Iranian government to “immediately and unconditionally release all those who have been arrested and detained for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.”
The targeting of Christians in Iran represents a “disturbing pattern”, according to the UN
Believers seeking asylum in the UK highlighted their fears of being sent back.
For Iranian Christian convert asylum seekers like “Daniel”, their country’s brutal treatment of believers is a reason to fear deportation. He has found a new home in a church in the UK, but is haunted by what might happen to his family if he is forced to return.
“If I went back,” he says, the authorities would arrest me. They would put me in jail and I would be killed, I would be hanged. They will kill me, me and my family. I am not afraid because I will be meeting Jesus but I am afraid about my family.”
Daniel worshipped in underground house church in Iran, but fled the country he was discovered by the authorities. A fellow convert was murdered and his body parts dumped outside the doors of four churches in his home city as a warning of the consequences of “apostasy.”