Reports from Iran indicate that five Christian converts from a house-church in eastern Tehran were arrested during a Christmas celebration. Iranian Christian converts face constant restrictions and persecution.
According to Mohabat News, Iranian security authorities raided a house, owned by Mr. Hosseini, where a group of Christians had gathered to celebrate Christmas on Tuesday, December 24. They and arrested Mr. Hosseini , Ahmad Bazyar, Faegheh Nasrollahi, Mastaneh Rastegari, and Amir-Hossein Ne’matollahi.
The report received at by Mohabat News statesstated:, “These Christians had gathered to worship and celebrate birth of Jesus.”.
In this regard, The Committee of Human Rights Reporters reported that armed plain-clothes security authorities officers raided the house-church, insulted and searched those in attendance, thoroughly searched the house and seized all the Christian books, CDs, and laptops they found there. They also took the Satellite TV receiver with them.
The authorities also searched a neighboring house of a neighbor of Mr. Hosseini as well, just because they those present were observing the raid. They insulted and beat the father of the family and warned threatened them not to speak with anyone about what they had witnessedsaw.
There is still no update about the whereabouts or condition of on where these arrested Christians are being held or what is their situation.
In recent years the authorities have intensified their Pressure pressure and threats against on Christians intensify neararound Christmas, every year and authorities increased their surveillance tighten their watch onof churches.
Many Christian converts have been get arrested or faced other persecution ed in different ways every year around Christmas in recent years. A large number of Christians converts had beenwere arrested in Tehran in the past few years as part of pre-organized attacks by government authorities.
Christmas is an important time of the year for Christians around the world as they celebrate the birth of Jesus. However, with threats from the Islamic government, Christmas is a different experience for Iranian Christians.
It is worth mentioning that Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, sent Pope Francis Christmas greetings on December 25, while at a time when his government continues to harass Iranian Christians and seize curtail their freedom.