IRAN: Christian man suffers in prison

Ali Golchin On Thursday 29th April 2010 security agents arrested a Christian man, Ali Golchin (29), at his home in the city of Varamin in northern Iran.

After searching his home they seized many personal belongings and took him away to an undisclosed location. The agents threatened Ali’s wife and parents that if they reported the incident to the media, he would experience worse conditions.

Ali’s family found it impossible to get any information about where he had been taken. A few brief phone calls made by Ali from the prison to his family seemed to suggest that he has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest, and the phone calls indicate that he is not in a good state, physically or mentally.

Since Ali’s arrest, no formal charges have been filed with the court and no specific reason has been given for his arrest and detention. According to some documents, however, the reason seems to be his Christian faith and the ongoing and increased repression of the Christian community in Iran.

Farsi Christian News Network claims that detained Christians are kept under severe and stressful conditions for months, often in solitary confinement, to force them into revealing information to the government about the growth of Christianity in Iran. Such prisoners are denied visits and access to legal counsel.(Farsi Christian News Network)