Iran: Christian Prisoners Beaten and Tortured in Prison

IranChristian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has been informed (May 14, 2014) that Iranian Christian Silas Rabbani has reported being tortured while in Gohardasht prison, while Amin Khaki, also a Christian, has attested to being violently beaten in Ahwaz Prison.   Silas Rabbani, a deacon of the Church of Iran in Karaj, was arrested on 5 May 2014 by VEVAK intelligence agents who informed him of their plan to arrest other Christians. He was subsequently transferred to Section 8 of Gohardasht Prison, which is under control of the Revolutionary Guards.   Amin Khaki was part of a group of eight Christians who were detained and interrogated following a group picnic on 5 March 2014. Although most of them were later released, Amin Khaki, Hossein Baraunzadeh (Daniel) and Rahman Bahman (Zia) were arrested. Amin Khaki was transferred to the Interim Ward of Ahwaz Prison on 7 May, while Hossein Baraunzadeh and Rahman Bahma were transferred from Ahwaz Prison to a prison in the city of Dezful.

CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “We are extremely concerned by recent reports of Iranian prison authorities using excessive violence against prisoners. We urge the Iranian authorities to refrain from any form of torture or violence, which violates their obligations under article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which prohibits torture, and cruel inhuman and degrading treatment, and article 10, which states that prisoners should be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent human dignity.

Please pray for these Christians, and others, who are being persecuted for their faith in the triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

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