Publication date: 2012
Published by: The Christians in Parliament APPG and the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief
Number of Pages: 35

The Persecution of Christians in Iran (2012)

This joint report is the result of an inquiry into the persecution of Christians in Iran by the Christians in Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, whose work is to ensure that religious freedom is a priority for the UK parliament and government. This report catalogues the persecution Christians face in Iran and makes recommendations in the hope of contributing towards an international climate in which the Iranian regime would be forced to reconsider the way Christians are treated.

The inquiry heard evidence of the following forms of persecution by the Iranian government directed towards Christians:

  • Execution and extra-judicial killings of pastors, solely on account of their Christian faith
  • Arbitrary arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial
  • Beatings and torture, including physical and psychological torture
  • Intimidation of individual Christians
  • Repression of churches
  • Incommensurate bail demands
  • Appropriation of property, including passports and personal-identification documents
  • Discrimination, particularly within employment and education