# Place2Worship: Organizations stand up for Iranian Christians deprived of places of worship

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The organizations are calling for "clarification on where Persian-speaking Christians can meet to worship freely without risking harassment and imprisonment for excessive charges."

Ten organizations, among which Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern and Open Doors International, co-signed a letter addressed to Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Together, they denounce the fact that the Persian-speaking Iranian Christians have no place where they can worship collectively.

"We are writing to you to ask for your urgent intervention on behalf of Persian-speaking Christians in Iran", specify the signatories.

“The enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and expression is being violated globally, as they currently have no place where they can congregate to worship. "

The organizations denounce the forcible closure of the majority of Persian-speaking churches in recent years.

They state, "Iran is clearly in breach of its obligations under international law as well as the protections provided by its own Constitution."

“Iran is an unreserved signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which, in article 18, provides for the right to worship and the right to adopt a religion or belief of its choice. Persian-speaking Christians are denied the enjoyment of their basic rights under the ICCPR. In addition, Iran's own Constitution, by Article 13, considers' Zoroastrian Iranians, Jews and Christians', regardless of their ethnicity, gender and language, as' recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education. ' "

Finally, the organizations are calling for "clarification on where Persian-speaking Christians can meet to worship freely without risking harassment and imprisonment for excessive charges", "the unconditional release of Christian prisoners of conscience currently incarcerated or exiles for peacefully practicing their religious belief ", as well as" the end of the ongoing crackdown on house churches, their leaders and participants, and all raids, arrests, prosecutions, imprisonment and other forms of ill-treatment against them ”.

MC

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