11/17/2020 Iran (International Christian Concern) – Just a few days after returning to Evin Prison following a 5-day furlough, Iranian Christian convert Saheb Zaman Fadaie has received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second Christian to have this sentence implemented in two months.
This sentence was issued against Fadaie, as well as two others, in September 2016. They also received a 10-year prison sentence for acting against national security, which they began serving in 2018. This past May, their prison sentences were reduced so that Fadaie will serve 6 years’ incarceration.
The Iranian regime’s harsh suppression of conscience is well-documented and internationally recognized. In terms of religious freedom, they are one of the worst violators across the globe. This persecution has not prevented the church from existing, or even growing. But it is nevertheless deeply challenging and impactful on congregants.
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