Death Penalty for apostacy: an imminent threat to religious minorities in Iran.

Alarm bells are ringing across the globe as a new bill proposing the death penalty for
apostacy awaits its verdict from the Iranian Parliament. If this bill does get through many religious minorities, eg Christians, Baha’is and converts could legally face the death penalty. As the Islamic republic finds yet another loophole to rob a population of its religious freedom, cries of outrage are being heard across the world, from human rights activists to political leaders. One such voice was that of The British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Rt Hon David Miliband, MP who has condemned this bill and stated that he deplored the way in which the Iranian Parliament is… now discussing a draft penal code that would set out a mandatory death sentence for the crime, quote unquote, of apostasy.”

Apostacy by definition means Abandonment of one’s religious faith. However this wouldn’t stop at just converts from Islam as in the example of the Baha’i community which Iran “considers to be apostates because of their claim to a religious revelation subsequent to that of the Prophet Mohammed……Since 1979, Iranian authorities have killed more than 200 Baha’i leaders, thousands have been arrested and imprisoned, and more than 10,000 have been dismissed from government and university jobs”.

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights, considers the recanting of a person’s religion a human right legally protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Yet Iran continues to ignore these ideals, and ultimately denying itself and its people the chance to contribute to, and experience, a more just and tolerant vision of society.

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