Middle East and North Africa

Iran authorities arrest another Christian convert

Dezful, south-western Iran, witnessed another instance of anti-Christian harassment when a Christian convert was arrested on 19 October, after his house was raided, and Bibles and Christian CDs were discovered.

He was kept incommunicado for three days before he was allowed to make a short phone call to his family. He did, however, sound hopeful that he would not be held for long.

There are additional reports of three other Christians who were recently arrested in Dezful. They were beaten in prison and threatened with deportation or being beaten to death if they did not recant their Christian faith.

Iranian authorities have continued to crackdown on Christians, especially in the province of Khuzestan, where there is a history of evangelism.