Mohammad Ali Torabi, an Iranian convert to Christianity has been arrested in the city of Dezful, southwest of the country.
Security agents detained Torabi at his office in ‘Qal’a Sayyed’ district of Dezful, on Tuesday, October 10 and took him to an unknown location. His family has no information on his whereabouts, so far.
Torabi who was responsible for a house Church in Dezful, was arrested with two other Christian converted, but, they were freed after being interrogated.
Several Iranians, converted to evangelical church, have been arrested in recent months in Iran.
In many cases, the detainees were accused of “action against national security” through “organising or membership of home-churches”.
Article 18’s Director, Mansour Borji had previously dismissed the accusations as “illusory” and “the reflection of the Islamic republic’s security oriented approach towards religious minorities”
He added: “We are deeply concerned by the continuing use of the baseless charges that seem to act as smokescreen for religiously motivated charges and employed to further suppress the right to freedom of religion or belief in Iran.”
According to Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran ratified in 1975, “everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”
Last year, in a joint statement, 19 human rights organizations called on the international community to press Iran to end the persecution of newly converted Iranian Christians.