Renewed Concerns Over Iranian Bill That Threatens Religious Minorities

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(Article18) There are renewed fears over a parliamentary bill that threatens to facilitate the further repression of Iran’s religious minorities. …

The bill proposes additions to articles 499 and 500 of the Islamic Penal Code — already two of the most commonly used laws in cases against Christians — which would provide law enforcers with even greater scope for bringing charges on vaguely-defined grounds.

Articles 499 and 500 relate to membership of and support for “propaganda” groups deemed “hostile” to the regime.

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