Iran Considers New Religious Expression Bill, Further Criminalizing Religious Practice and Belief

Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs USA on Facebook.

Iran’s parliament is doubling down on the persecution of religious minorities, further criminalizing religious practice and belief in a draft bill. It went to Muslim leaders in the country for review, and now they have sent it back to parliament. As of yet, the bill has not been formally approved.

Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs USA says the bill was first proposed in 2018, and authorities have been tweaking it ever since. “What it would do, really, is prevent religious expression, particularly as it relates to saying something that would be perceived as negative about Islam. And obviously, what the government would say is, if you’re encouraging a Muslim to leave Islam and follow Jesus Christ, well, that’s negative about Islam. It would fall under this bill and could end up with you in prison.”

The bill purposefully uses vague wording, allowing for a broad interpretation and application against members of religious minorities. The bill meets none of the standards set for such legislation under international human rights laws.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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  • Ask God to strengthen Christian brothers and sisters in Iran as persecution increases.
  • Pray Iranians would see more religious freedom in their country.

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