As well as the persecution of women!
Alan Salehzadeh: ”The status of women in Islamic countries, especially Iran, cannot be changed unless the Islamic laws are abolished. Most of the Iranian women are extremely unhappy with the current situation and are demanding their rights at all possible turns.45 Many liberal people are condemned in Iran, and prisons are full of both men and women who have been trying to change the women’s status.”46
Ignoring the Sharia Basis for Iran’s Persecution of Christians
by ANDREW G. BOSTOM
A confluence of news stories last week, including, prominently, the release of a report by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, have highlighted the plight of Iranian Christians.
The salient findings from Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed’s report (issued online Tuesday 10/22/13), were as follows:
Sources communicate that at least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013. In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported. Authorities continue to compel licensed Protestant churches to restrict Persian-speaking and Muslim-born Iranians from participating in services, and raids and forced closures of house churches are ongoing. According to sources, more than 300 Christians have been arrested since 2010, and dozens of church leaders and active community members have reportedly been convicted of national security crimes in connection with church activities, such as organizing prayer groups, proselytizing and attending Christian seminars abroad.
His report further noted allegations of additional abuses, including “various forms of legal discrimination…in employment and education,” as well as frequent cases of “arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment.”