Church leaders: ‘Iran’s ruling theocracy a source of grave concern’

Urging support of the Free Iran rally on July 9 in Paris, nearly 80 Church leaders, from the United Kingdom and the United States, declared, “Iran’s ruling theocracy is rightly a source of grave concern for human rights organizations and institutions with a particular interest in the protection of the rights of Christians.”

The 80 Christian leaders, including a number of bishops, have signed a declaration in which they say, “Reports by the UN Secretary General, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, and the U.S. State Department all indicate that the repression of Christians has not only continued but intensified during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani.”

The group went on to say, “In such circumstances, we call on all Western countries to consider the deplorable situation of human rights in Iran, particularly the painful situation of Christians, and the intensification of their oppression, in navigating their relations with Iran. We call upon them to precondition improvement of those relations on the cessation of oppression of Christians and on a halt in executions.”

As the anniversary of the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime approaches, the Church leaders demanded an end to the Western avoidance of the challenge of Iranian fundamentalism: “The time has come for us to listen to the wishes of the Iranian people for freedom, including religious freedom.”

The Free Iran rally will be held on July 9 in Paris. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) will be joined by thousands of well wishers as well as civic and religious leaders from across the globe.

The participants at the major rally support the 10-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance.