WEA Submits Joint Report to the United Nations on Freedom of Religion and Christian Persecution in Iran

General June 4, 2020

The World Evangelical Alliance, Open Doors International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Middle East Concern, and Article 18 submitted jointly a report to the Human Rights Committee in May 2020 on the situation of freedom of religion or belief in Iran, and the persecution of Christians.

The Human Rights Committee will issue in July a List of Issues Prior Reporting, in which it will ask questions to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The latter is due to submit a report on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 18 of the Covenant enshrines the right to religious freedom.

Our report raised several issues namely the situation of the recognized traditional religious minorities, Farsi-language church services, the detention and prosecution of converts to Christianity on the basis that such activity threatens the very existence of the Islamic Republic, the confiscation of church property by Iranian authorities, and finally legal discrimination on a religious basis in civil matters.

The report was authored and submitted by the WEA UN Geneva Liaison which serves as a liaison for WEA’s constituency, namely Regional and National Evangelical Alliances, so that they themselves can participate or be represented at the United Nations in Geneva and speak out for justice and human rights. WEA’s reports to the United Nations can be accessed at: http://worldevangelicals.org/un/reports.htm.