Iranian Christian Convert ‘Seriously Ill’ Following Hunger Strike

Iranian Christian Convert ‘Seriously Ill’ Following Hunger Strike

An Iranian Christian convert who has been imprisoned since August has fallen ‘seriously ill’ after going on hunger strike.

Amin Afshar Naderi went on hunger strike on 5 February with fellow prisoner Hadi Asgari who is also unwell, but has been refused medical treatment, World Watch Monitor reports.

Naderi and Asgari are two of five Christians who were arrested whilst having a picnic in the Alborz Mountains, north-east Tehran last summer.

Three of the men were able to raise enough funds ($33,000 each) to be granted bail and be released late last year. Naderi and Asgari were unable to raise the needed funds, and have been imprisoned and interrogated since August.

No charges have been brought against them. Many Christians in Iran face intense persecution and opposition for their faith, frequently being arrested with the charge of ‘acting against national security’.

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