Naderkhani acquittal shows Iran needs to allow religious freedom
Pastor Yousef Naderkhani's trial ... on the charge of apostasy - which is not even an offence in Iran's current Penal Code - put the lie to Iran's claims that it tolerates religious minorities ...
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#1 Sep 11, 2012
from Amnesty International:
"Under Iran’s Constitution Shi’a Islam is the country’s official religion, while Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians are the only recognized religious minorities.
"Members of unrecognized religious minorities face severe restrictions on their ability to practise their religions which in the case of the Baha’i community amounts to persecution.
"But despite belonging to a recognized religion, Christians who have converted from Islam are at risk being accused of apostasy, which can carry the death penalty under Islamic law, while those who evangelise are harassed and sometimes arrested and prosecuted under national security laws.
"Naderkhani refused to recant his beliefs during the September 2011 Supreme Court hearing, reportedly telling the judge:'I am resolute in my faith and Christianity and have no wish to recant.'"
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