Iran’s theocratic regime refuses to release several Christians imprisoned for exercising their right to religious freedom, even though it has released 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Part) Virus outbreak.
“We at Article18 ask for the immediate and unconditional release of all Christians detained on spurious charges related to their faith or religious activities,” demanded Mansour Borji, director of research and advocacy for the Article 18 religious freedom organization, according to Fox News.
“This is even more urgent given the current health crisis that threatens these detained Christians and their families back home,” the official added.
They are four Iranian Christians, sentenced to 10 years in prison, who had already been given the option of a retrial. One of them is suffering from serious health problems at the age of 58.
During the trial of Fatemeh (Aylar) Bakhtiari in September 2019, the judge offered to drop the charges if she returned to Islam, and given the refusal of the offer, sentenced her to two and a half years in prison.
“Under Islamic law, it is a crime to convert to Christianity, or more specifically, it is a crime to depart from Islam,” said Lisa Daftari, founder and managing editor of the multimedia news platform The Foreign Desk.
Additionally, Iran, which is trying to engage the United States in the pandemic, is the country most affected by the spread of the virus in the Middle East with more than 32,332 cases and at least 2,378 deaths from the CCP Virus.
Thus, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on March 23 referred to Iran’s baseless allegations saying, “The [Iranian] regime continues to lie to the Iranian people and the world about the number of cases and deaths, which are unfortunately far higher than the regime admits.”
The regime in Iran, like the Chinese Communist regime, is accused of repeatedly violating human rights, and in particular, those relating to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.
The British-Iranian journalist Potkin Azarmehr questioned the lack of attention paid to respect for human rights in Iran.
“Why are the UN member states not protecting this fundamental statement [of human rights] in Iran?” Azarmehr asked.