Type “Iran” into a Google News search and you’ll see headlines focused on the coronavirus and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Iran has the most coronavirus-related deaths outside of China with 77 reported casualties, and yesterday saw dozens of new infections among parliament members. At the same time, European concerns mount as Iran steps further away from a 2015 nuclear deal.
Meanwhile, another serious issue is falling off the global radar. Three months after Iran’s widespread protests, no one is holding security forces accountable for using excessive lethal force against civilians. According to Heart4Iran President Mike Ansari, security officials randomly targeted their victims.
Casualties included “men, women, children that were on the streets for whatever reason, either for shopping or protesting,” Ansari says.
“Iranian government officials… massacred roughly 1,500 Iranian citizens on the streets simply because they did not want to have an uprising on their hands.”
No consequences for crackdown
Frustration drove thousands of Iranians to the streets in mid-November. A nationwide crackdown led to hundreds of deaths, but a simultaneous four-day Internet blackout makes exact details difficult to confirm. Today, the situation remains vague.
In a detailed report issued last week, Human Rights Watch leaders asked members of the United Nations Human Rights Council to respond. “Human rights organizations called on the Iranian government to be accountable for the atrocities that took place,” Ansari says.
“[The] Iranian government hid behind the dark veil that they always hide behind and they said, ‘no, there were only maybe 170 people that were troublemakers that were killed’.”
Injustice like this fuels dissatisfaction. Ansari says Iranians want more than what Islam offers, and they’re finding it in Christ.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for justice in Iran. Ask the Lord to comfort victims’ families.
- Pray for strength for “Mary” as she endures this horrible ordeal. Pray boldly for her release.