This week, twitter users are highlighting some of the abuses committed by the regime in Iran.
The first shows that the Morality police entered a Christian Church and demanded that women wear a head covering. Imagine worshiping and have the police storm in and make demands for women to cover up. Iran demands all women wear the Hijab. This oppressive regime refuses to allow freedom to worship or even freedom to women to wear the clothes they want or feel comfortable in.
The Islamic religious police (Arabic: مطوع muṭawwiʿ, plural مطوعون muṭawwiʿūn – derived from classical Arabic: mutaṭawwiʿa/muṭṭawwiʿa) is the official vice squad of some Islamic states, who on behalf of the state, enforces Sharia law in respect to religious behavior (morality). The establishment of a religious police is considered justified with the Quran doctrine, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong or promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.
The next is another Human Rights activist sentenced to 5 years in prison for acts against the state. The Court cited the fact that she had a social media account, Telegram.
Telegram is a free cloud-based instant messaging service. Telegram clients exist for both mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch) and desktop systems (Windows, macOS, Linux). Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files of any type. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end-encrypted messaging.
Then the Morality police arrested men for singing in the street for Nowuz celebrations. Singing in the street?
The next one literally broke my heart. Marjan has been in the news lately in watchdog groups. She’s a Scholar, an Author and Writer. She has been given the death penalty for Apostasy. A death by hanging for what the regime deems apostasy. Death by hanging is abhorrent but for a perceived crime? That’s what this is.
Apostasy (/əˈpɒstəsi/; Greek: ἀποστασία (apostasia), “a defection or revolt”) is the formal disaffiliation from, or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. It can also be defined within the broader context of embracing an opinion contrary to one’s previous beliefs. One who “commits apostasy” (or who apostatizes) is known as an apostate.
The regime perceived her studies of other religions, Eastern based religions like ECK, as apostsy. Saying it was a form of Christianity, or Western beliefs.
Marjan’s Mother has made a desperate plea to the world for her daughter. In her heartbreaking interview through tears she pleads with the court to review her case and renounce the death penalty. She pleads with the world to pray for her daughter. Watch the video interview here.
Of course we are still watching Arash Sadeghi and his wife Golrakh. His health is still poor, and the last report stated that despite promises made to Arash they haven’t seen each other for 2 months. Golrakh was arrested also for a unpublished post about the stoning of women in Iran.
Ibrahim Firouzi a Christian convert we are watching was just given a 5 year sentence for his mission work. And Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran was just granted a 6 day leave. The last 2 times she was granted furloughs they added 45 days to her original sentence. She should be released by now. And the Christians arrested last month, have not been seen or heard from. Family has not been given information.
The UNHCR special rapeteur has been attempting to raise awareness to the heinous human rights abuses by the Iranian regime and demanding the UN take action. There is also a group of Senators led by Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee to condemn Iran for its Human Rights Abuses. The world is waking up to the dangerous current regime in Iran, also for its terroristic activities in the Middle East and the world. Now is the time for us to speak out loudly. While the world is watching. Join the watch groups on Twitter, Facebook, Telegram and all Social Media outlets and share their stories with the hashtag: #StopIranshumanrightsabuse