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Concerns over Condition of Three Christian Detainees in Esfahan THURSDAY, 11 JULY 2013

One month after the arrest of three Christian converts in Isfahan, their conditions remain unknown and there is no news about their fate.
Mohabat News -- According to reports from the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran's sources, since the May 29 arrests of Mohammad Reza Farid, Saeed Safi, and Hamid Reza Ghadiri, their families have been unable to obtain any information about their conditions, and the judicial and police authorities have not provided them with any information about the reasons for their arrests, their detention conditions, or their charges.
Plainclothes forces raided the home of Hamidreza Ghanbari during a worship session by Christian converts, and arrested Mohammad Reza Farid, Saeed Safi, and Hamid Reza Ghadiri. They were then transferred to an unknown location.
According to reports, the forces treated those present at the worship session violently, and confiscated identification cards and information about the group before arresting the three men. During recent weeks, security forces have contacted a number of those present and asked them questions about the three detained men, threatening them with arrest if they refuse to answer questions.
(Three Arrested Christians, Mohammad-Reza Farid, Saeed Safi, and Hamid-Reza Ghadiri)

A local source told the Campaign that the families' efforts to pursue the cases at judicial, security, and police centers have been fruitless. Mohammad Reza Farid and Saeed Safi are Afghan Christian converts and managed the "Our Salvation" website, which was blocked by the Iranian cyber police.
Pressure on Christian converts and Evangelical Christians has increased over the recent months again, and in addition to arrests, Persian-language churches have also been closed down under pressure from the Intelligence Ministry.
Today, the Islamic Republic regime that spends millions of dollars from the country's budget to promote Islamic governments, is facing a new phenomenon called "growth of Christianity among Iranian youth". The regime considers its security force the only way to remove obstacles from their path. The closure of churches, the arrests and the increasing pressures on Christians are associated with the same strategy.
Pursuit, persecution, intimidation, arrests, and heavy judicial sentences for Christians, especially for Persian-speaking Christian converts, have been ongoing activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran for many years, carried out by official and unofficial forces of the regime, repeatedly criticized by religious and human rights organizations.
Religious minorities and religious dissidents, especially Persian-speaking Christians are under ever increasing persecution from the Islamic regime of Iran. These persecutions have reached their peak during the past three years. Numerous Christian converts have been arrested during the period. The reason for these persecutions is to stop growth of Christianity in Iran and its result has been pressure on churches, especially Farsi-speaking churches and house churches.