An evangelical commission has called for an immediate halt to the ongoing raiding of homes and arrests of Christians in Iran.
Since Christmas, about 70 Christians have been arrested and several media reports indicate that Iranian authorities are targeting converts from Islam or those seeking to convert Muslims.
According to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, Tehran Governor Morteza Tamadon claimed that the Christian missionaries had stepped up their activity in Iran and, “like the Taliban,” have “inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite.”
He said more arrests will be made.
Along with the arrests, the WEA commission also drew attention to the detainment of two Christian pastors, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, who is facing a possible indictment for apostasy, and Youcef Nadarkhani, who was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death.