Iran – Four Christians Sentenced To 80 Lashes For Drinking Communion Wine – 4 barbati au primit 80 de bice pentru vinul baut la cina (impartasanie)

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ROMANIAN:

Cei patru barbati Bărbații au fost arestați într-o casă de rugăciune în luna decembrie a anului trecut și au fost acuzați pentru consum de alcool, ceea ce violează legea islamică. Bărbații și-au primit pedeapsa (sentinta) pe 6 octombrie, în contextul în care Organizația Națiunilor Unite tocmai a criticat republica islamică pentru sistemul de persecuție al non-musulmanilor, într-un raport despre drepturile omului.

Regimul Iranian a făcut o prioritate din oprirea răspândirii creștinismului, care este o amenințare la adresa majorității șiiților ultra-ortodocși din Iran. În ciuda declarațiilor de pace profesate de noul președinte ale Iranului, care consideră despre sine că este un moderat, „raportul ne amintește de adevărata natură a regimului iranian unde abuzul asupra drepturilor omului continuă,” a declarat senatorul american Mark Kirk, pentru Fox News.

Alireza Miryousefi, purtător de cuvânt al misiunii iraniene la ONU nu a comentat asupra acestui raport, dar guvernul a acuzat că nu este obiectiv. Conform agenției de presă a statului, Press TV, raportul nu a ținut seama de sistemul legal și cultura islamică și consideră „orice din Vest ca standard internațional pentru întreaga lume”, citează Fox News.

IN ENGLISH:

FOUR Christians in Iran will get 80 lashes each for drinking wine during a communion service and possessing a satellite antenna.

The charges come as a United Nations report criticised the Islamic republic for persecuting non-Muslims.

Behzad Taalipasand, Mehdi Reza Omidi (Youhan), Mehdi Dadkhah (Danial) and Amir Hatemi (Youhanna) were arrested during in a house church in December. Taalipasand and Omidi were detained during the Iranian government’s crackdown on house churches according to the Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The men were sentenced on October 6 and given their verdict on October 20 with ten days to appeal the sentence after breaking the theocracy’s laws.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said: ‘The sentences handed down to these members of the Church of Iran effectively criminalise the Christian sacrament of sharing in the Lord’s Supper and constitute an unacceptable infringement on the right to practice faith freely and peaceably.

‘We urge the Iranian authorities to ensure that the nation’s legal practices and procedures do not contradict its international obligation under the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights to guarantee the full enjoyment of freedom of religion or belief by all of its religious communities.’

The death penalty is among the punishments for those who convert from Islam to Christianity.

Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said that it is common practice for Christians to be punished for violating theocratic laws, despite promises from president Hasan Rouhani’s to scale back the harsh treatment.

In the UN report he wrote: ‘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.’

In response to the report, the Iranian government criticised Dr Shaheed’s findings.

According to the country’s state-controlled Press TV, an official from the UN mission said Dr Shaheed ‘has not paid sufficient notice to Iran’s legal system and Islamic culture and considers whatever he sees in the West as an international standard for the entire world’.

The Iranian government has cracked down on religious freedom in a bid to stop the increase of Christianity, seeing it as a threat to the country’s majority ultra-orthodox Shiite Islamic religion.

An estimated 370,000 Christians live in Iran according to the latest report from the US State Department.

The UN reported continued: ‘[Iran’s] 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.

‘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.’

According to Foxnews.com, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman and founder of the Iran Dissident Awareness Program, said: ‘Despite the recent Iranian charm offensive, Dr Shaheed’s report reminds us of the true nature of the Iranian regime where the abuse of human rights continue.’

– Alex Ward / Daily Mail UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk cu traducere prin http://semneletimpului.ro

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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Free Again

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The American Center for Law and Justice  (ACLJ.org) is reporting that they have confirmed through a member of Pastor Youcef’s church, that  Iranian authorities released Pastor Youcef from prison shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Rasht, Iran.

He had been re-arrested on Christmas Day in Iran, the first Christmas he would have been able to spend with his wife and two young sons after his nearly three-year imprisonment for his Christian faith.

After initially spending 1,062 days behind bars under a death sentence for apostasy (becoming a Christian), he has now been forced to spend an additional 14 days in prison because of his faith even after his apostasy conviction was absolved.

English: Locator map of Iran

The ACLJ welcomes his release from this unjust and illegal imprisonment.  Iran must not be allowed to persecute individuals because of their faith.

Pastor Youcef has become the face of persecution around the world, and his re-arrest on Christmas Day shows Iran’s intent to make an example of Pastor Youcef to intimidate people of minority faiths.

While Pastor Youcef is now once again free, American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned for his faith in one of Iran’s most notoriously brutal and abusive prisons.

ACLJ is circulating a petition that asks for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini. You can sign it here- sign petition demanding the U.S. government take action on Pastor Saeed’s behalf.

Read more here- http://aclj.org/iran/pastor-youcef-nadarkhani-again-free

But the joy of Pastor Nadarkhani’s release is tempered with the fact that his lawyer remains imprisonsed, as the CHristian Post reports:  http://global.christianpost.com photo below from http://humanrights.gov

Although Nadarkhani’s family and supporters worldwide who have called and prayed for his release will look at the development as good news, pressing concerns remain for the Iranian pastor’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who was jailed for 10 years and disbarred back in September allegedly for „actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime.”

„The imprisonment of Mr. Dadkhah is part of an ongoing campaign of repression of human rights activists journalists and defenders,” Kankhwende told CP. „Mr. Dadkhah is not the only one; his fellow founders of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), which the authorities forced to close in 2008, are all detained and suffering similarly. He is being persecuted in his own right because of his profession and lifelong professional commitment in defending the rights of political activists and others.”

CSW’s chief executive, Mervyn Thomas, has called for the immediate release of Dadkhah, amid concerns that he is being pressured to do a televised confession admitting his supposed actions against the Islamic regime.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com

Youcef Nadarkhani Re-Arrested by Iranian Authorities on Christmas Day

Photo form ChristianPost.com from November, 2012, as Pastor Nadarkhani thanked all those who prayed and advocated for his release during Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s National Conference in London, where he was a special guest.

Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was taken back to prison on Christmas Day allegedly because of improperly completed paperwork, multiple sources have said, denying him the chance to celebrate the birth of Christ at home with his family.

Persecution watchdog groups Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Present Truth Ministries both reported the news, saying that pastor Nadarkhani has had to go back to Lakan Prison in Rasht to serve the remainder of his time in prison, another 40 days, and to complete paperwork that authorities say he had not filled out.

„We are disappointed to hear Pastor Nadarkhani has been returned to prison in such an irregular manner,” said Mervyn Thomas, CSW’s Chief Executive.

„The timing is insensitive and especially sad for his wife and sons, who must have been looking forward to celebrating Christmas with him for the first time in three years. We hope that Pastor Nadarkhani will be released without delay once this alleged sentence has been fully served. We are also asking for prayers for the pastor’s safety, and for his family at this difficult time.”

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/youcef-nadarkhani-re-arrested-by-iranian-authorities-on-christmas-day-87239/#7D5l74tRbtfeCTD4.99

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