A Christian pastor in Iran has been jailed in an annual crackdown on Christian activity in the country.
The ecumenical religious rights charity Christian Solidarity
Worldwide said this week that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, of the Church of
Iran, has been jailed for evangelising to Muslims.
In September Pastor
Nadarkhani was sentenced to three years in prison but was released after
posting bail, having already spent three years in Lakan Prison in the
northern coastal city of Rasht.
He has now been returned to prison to
serve the remaining 45 days of his sentence.
Meanwhile two other Christians from the Church of Iran were detained
yesterday as part of a crackdown on house churches by the Iranian
More than 50 Christians have been arrested so far in the
In 2011, 70 Christians were arrested during this
Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide
(CSW) called for Tehran to end its harassment of religious minorities
and release "all who have been imprisoned on account of their faith."