Jan 27/09. Members of
Iran's Christian minority have requested prayers, amid reports of massive
arrests of Christians, including many former Muslims, rights investigators
On Jan 21, at least ten
Christians, including at least several people who abandoned Islam, were
detained in the capital Tehran, advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC)
told Worthy News.
Christian news agency
Compass Direct News quoted an unidentified source as saying that Iranian
Christians estimate that "maybe up to 50 people were arrested" last week.
"In Tehran alone already some 10 people were arrested –- all on the same
day, Jan 21."
Among those detained
were reportedly three Christians from two different families, Hamik
Khachikian, an Armenian Christian, followed by Jamal Ghalishorani, 49, and
his wife Nadereh Jamali, who are both former Muslims.
MEC said that earlier in
December "new Christian believers" were summoned to the offices of Iran's
feared secret police. "They were forced to sign documents stating that they
would not meet together to celebrate Christmas."
Elsewhere leaders of
Christian house churches for ex-Muslims were threatened in at least three
provinces with "serious consequences" if they had further dealings with
other Christian officials "either inside or outside of Iran." For full