Iran Regime Sentences all Church members to Prison for

chorch1All members of a church have been sentenced to one year imprisonment for practising Christianity.

A Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has just sentenced them and ten other Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for 'Propagating against the Islamic Republic in favour of Christianity.' This group of Christian converts was arrested on 7 April, 2015.

Mohabat News, a Christian website, reported last week that the Iranian Christian couple was charged with "orientation toward the land of Christianity".

while It has been confirmed by Jeff King, the president of International Christian Concern, that each member of the congregation was also sentenced to a year in prison.

King said: "Getting information on the arrests of Christians is incredibly challenging given the heavily censored nature of Iran. But based on the cases we have been tracking, this is the first time this year that we've seen a jail sentence being given based on the charge of 'inclination to the land of Christianity.' This could be interpreted as a reference to Israel, the birthplace of Christianity and also a country that Iran has adopted a very aggressive stance towards."

Iran does legally recognise Christianity as a religion, but this does not include Christians who convert from Islam.

Iranian Regime has a long history of continuing to harass, intimidate, and arrest religious minorities in the country.

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