Iran: Mounting Persecution of Christians
- "We created a people's army to defend the country and also help in emergencies, but it turned into a monster." — Mohsen Sazegara, on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which he helped establish.
- Under international law, the Iranian government has an obligation to respect freedom of religion. Yet, while the rights of Christians are being violated in Iran at an unprecedented level, how long will the international community remain silent?
- What will it take for these endlessly preening moralists to act against those human rights violations?
"Mohsen Sazegara was a founding member of Khomeni's sepah [IRGC], but is now an exiled dissident and an outspoken critic of the organisation he helped establish. 'We created a people's army to defend the country and also help in emergencies, but it turned into a monster.'"
"Prisoners are often tortured physically and mentally. They are subjected to near-daily interrogations, including prolonged beatings, and forced to endure twisted acts of persecution. While he was in prison, church teacher and ex-prisoner Morad recounted how the guards would bring him tea but not allow him to go to the bathroom. Ex-prisoners report sleep deprivation and threats of harm to family members — as well as pressure to recant their faith."