Iran Steps Up Persecution Of Religious Minorities

Mohabat News, a Chrisitian news agency in Iran, reports Farshid Fathi was sentenced to 6 years in prison by a Revolutionary Court in Iran for the crime of converting to Christianity that Iranian authorities are using trade unions to gather information about religious minorities. It is believed that the information will be used to identify and further persecute them.

In a further crackdown on religious minorities in Iran, the agency says that Iranian police have given the unions forms that everyone must fill in when meeting with a trade union. The forms request personal information about the individual as well as each one’s spouse.

Opponents of these forms ask, “What do our spouse’s personal information, current and past addresses and the condition of our place of residence have to do with the union?”

Various sources also told the news agency of intensified pressure by the Religions Department of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry against associations and organizations affiliated with Armenian, Jewish, Zoroastrian and Assyrian religious and other ethnic minorities.

According to published reports, the Revolutionary Court as well as the intelligence and security police of Tehran sent warning notices to all members of the Iranian parliament representing religious and ethnic minorities asking them to obtain reports and information about religious minorities and “suspicious regime opponents” and their families inside Iran.

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