Iran: campaigners voice concern for safety of religious minorities

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has issued a statement today expressing  concern for the safety and well-being of non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran as violent protests over recent Presidential elections continue.
 
Alexa Papadouris, CSW’s Advocacy Director, said:  “Recent comments by the Iranian Government and Ayatollah Khamenei apportioning blame on foreign elements for the mass demonstrations is a worrying development.   The linking of national unrest with international interference has, in the past, been associated with increased targeting of non-Muslim religious minorities, deemed by the regime to be sympathisers with a Western agenda.
 
CSW is concerned that the situation for non-Muslim religious minorities, particularly for Baha’is and certain Christian denominations, which worsened under Ahmadinejad’s previous term of presidency, will continue to deteriorate amidst the current political chaos. As the world’s attention is drawn to the unfolding events in Iran, CSW appeals that the situation for religious minorities is not forgotten.”