Iranian rights groups decry treatment of Christians

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

Youcef Nadarkhani, a church leader once sentenced to death for apostasy, is one of four converts currently facing charges for 'acting against national security'. Here, he greets his wife, Tina, after his release from prison in September 2012. The Nadarkhani family Youcef Nadarkhani, a church leader once sentenced to death for apostasy, is one of four converts currently facing charges for ‘acting against national security’. Here, he greets his wife, Tina, after his release from prison in September 2012.
The Nadarkhani family

(World Watch Monitor) Iranian and European human rights and religious rights organisations have urged the international community to use new opportunities for trade with Iran to hold the government there to account over its treatment of Christian converts.

Nineteen NGOs, including Middle East Concern, Forum 18, Impact Iran and Justice for Iran, issued a joint call for governments to “explore avenues beyond dialogue alone” to ensure that human rights violators are held accountable and that trade and diplomatic relations do not contribute to further abuses. They noted that converts from Islam to Christianity have been especially affected.

Opportunities for trade have opened up since a deal was…

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