Open Doors: Iran is #8 on the world watch list


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At least 193 Christians were arrested or imprisoned in Iran in 2016.

Ethnic Persians are seen as being Muslim, and carrying out any Christian activities in the language of this group, Farsi, is strictly illegal. A Persian person who decides to leave Islam can be sentenced to death if male, and life imprisonment if female – although this sentence hasn’t been carried out for over 20 years. Despite this, Christians from a Muslim background make up the largest group of Christians in Iran.


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