(World Watch Monitor) — Amnesty International (AI) has launched an Urgent Action calling for the release of four Iranians sentenced to a combined total of 45 years in prison “solely for practicing their Christian faith.”
Its report calls for urgent action from the Iranian government to “quash the convictions and sentences of Victor Bet-Tamraz, Shamiram Isavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi, and Hadi Asgari, as they have been targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedoms of religion and belief, expression, and association, through their Christian faith.”
All four are currently free on bail, awaiting the outcome of their appeals.
Amnesty urges supporters to write to the government asking it to “stop harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and imprisonment of Christians, including converts, in Iran.”
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