Iran Focus

London, 19 Aug - A group of at least eight Christian converts were beaten and arrested by Iranian authorities while they were gathered for worship inside a house church in the city of Karaj, the Christian Post reported, quoting Iran's main opposition coalition.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, plainclothes officers raided the church earlier this month as part of a wide crackdown on house churches.

After raiding the house, the officers beat up the congregants and then confiscated their Bibles, other Christian literature and satellite dishes located on the premises.

Iran Focus

London, 12 Aug - At least eight Iranian Christians were beaten and arrested last Friday in the Iranian city of Karaj while gathering for a prayer ceremony in a house church, the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran said on Wednesday.

“The Iranian regime’s armed plainclothes agents raided the house church, insulted and beat the worshipers, and confiscated their books and pamphlets before transferring them to a van to be taken to a prison, according to the eyewitnesses”, the NCRI reported on its website.

London, 12 Aug - The alarming recent rise in executions in Iran, especially during the weeks following the nuclear deal between Iran and world's six major powers, is a matter of great concern, writes Alex Carlile, a United Kingdom member of the House of Lords.

“According to reliable reports from Iran, the regime's authorities have carried out more than 60 executions, some of them through public hangings, in addition to barbaric punishments such as amputation of limbs and eye gouging, in various Iranian cities since the nuclear deal was announced on 14 July 2015”, Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC wrote in PoliticsHome on Wednesday.

Iran Focus

Geneva, 5 Aug - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri, an Iranian writer and founder of a spiritual movement, and he urged authorities in Iran to "immediately impose a moratorium on all executions".

Taheri was sentenced to death on Saturday by the Revolutionary Court on a charge of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth).