Source: The Associated Press
The European Union said Friday it is “very worried” about what it sees as a deterioration of religious freedom in Iran.
A statement from the French Foreign Ministry on behalf of the EU says pressure has increased on religious minorities in the Islamic Republic in recent months, with arrests in the Christian and Baha'i communities. France currently holds the EU presidency.
The statement Friday also said that religious minorities, including Sufi and Sunni Muslims, undergo “regular persecution” such as the confiscation of their property, profanation of their prayer spaces and violence.
The EU says it also is concerned about the possibility the Iranian parliament could pass a bill to make apostasy a crime punishable by death.