PLEASE PRAY: New Legislation – easier to arrest and imprison Christians [#IranPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 06/30
New Law in Iran Threatens More Arrests of Christians, Rights Advocates Say:
Legislation passed by parliament in Iran could make it easier to arrest and imprison Christians and other religious minorities.
Under amendments to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code, those found guilty of “deviant psychological manipulation” or “propaganda contrary to Islam,” whether in the “real or virtual sphere,” could be labeled as “sects,” according to advocacy group Article 18.
The law enables the regime to ban any group as a sect and may lead to punishment that could be escalated to include the death penalty, according to Hamid Garagozloo, U.S. representative of The International Organization to Preserve Human Rights (IOPHR).
Expanding the margin for Iranian authorities to justify discriminatory actions against Christian converts, the law would make it more difficult for lawyers to defend them and other religious minorities, according to a Middle East expert at advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
While the amendment has been in the pipeline for 2 years, it was recently approved by parliament in the middle of May 2020, according to a researcher at advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC).
ARREST & IMPRISON CHRISTIANS: New Legislation – easier to arrest and imprison Christians [#IranPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 06/30
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