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Iran’s Apex Court Has Declared That Christians Did Not Act Against National Security.

The ruling, which was Pen down on November 3,2021 but was only communicated to Christian lawyers on November 24,2021, explicitly says that their involvement in home churches and even the propagation of what is referred to as the “Evangelical Zionist sect” Should also not be considered against nationality security of the country.

Iran’s Supreme Court passed this judgement in the Case of nine Christian converts serving five-year prison sentences for their involvement in home-churches.

The Supreme Court ruling states: They should not be charged with “acting against national security”, Only preaching Christianity, and promoting the ‘evangelical Zionist sect’, both these acts of preaching of Promoting Christianity in a family gathering (home churches) is not collusion to disrupt the security of the country.

The Court furtherly added that the formation of the societies and groups (Home Churches) is not a breach of Articles 498 and 499 of the Islamic Penal Code of Iran neither this a anti state nor criminal act.

Although Iran’s legal system does not allow a precedent to be set, the decision still has the potential to influence all current and future affairs involving Persian- Christians.

Iran is a country where Christianity is one of the fastest growing religions today. Hundreds of people are accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior daily. This decision of the Supreme Court will further help and encourage these, Christians.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.