Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has received recent reports of a sharp upsurge in the harassment and persecution of Christians in Iran, particularly converts, as part of what appears to be a concerted campaign targeting Christians of all denominations.
CSW’s Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said, “We welcome the release of Roxana Furughi, Bijan Haghighi and Afshar Bahmani. However their detention for simply manifesting their faith in communion with others infringes on their religious freedom and contravenes the international covenants to which Iran is a signatory, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Moreover, the highly irregular demand of exorbitant bail amounts to secure the release of detained Christians leaves prisoners and their families in uncertainty and financial insecurity. We call on the Iranian authorities to end this practice and to release without conditions or delay all who have been detained on account of their faith.”