Posted by: becketfund | February 5, 2008

Iran: Parliament Considers Death Penalty for Apostasy

TEHRAN – The Iranian Parliament is considering a new version of the penal code that would legislate the death penalty as a punishment for apostasy, a first in Iran’s history, the Assyrian International News Agency reported on February 5. The measure is designed to target minority religious communities in Iran, specifically Bahá’ís. Article 225-7 of the code would give the ‘apostate’ three days to recant his or her religious beliefs, but failure to do so would allow the death penalty to be carried out. Links to the penal code (available in Farsi) can be found at the link above.


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