Christians suffer severe persecution in Iran, particularly those who’ve converted from Islam. While the West is cheering about the recent nuclear deal, it doesn’t look like it will improve human rights.
When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits Pope Francis in the Vatican on Tuesday (26.01.2016), at least one topic cannot be overlooked on their agenda: human rights in Iran, particularly the rights of the Christian minority.
Some 98 percent of Iranians are Muslim. Just how many Christians there are is unclear. The authorities say there are about 90,000, but the Catholic aid organization missio gives a much higher estimate, and the human rights organization Open Doors has said there are as many as 500,000 Christians in Iran from many different denominations, including Protestants, Armenian-Apostolics,
Chaldeans, and perhaps some 15,000 Roman Catholics.
The situation for Christians of any denomination in Iran is “very dramatic,” according to Markus Rode from Open Doors. In particular, individuals who have converted from Islam to Christianity are subjected to “extreme persecution.”