Despite applying for asylum in Sweden, an Iranian who converted to Christianity during a visit to Azerbaijan in 2010 faces imminent deportation back to his homeland, CBN reports. Last month, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, said that more than 300 Christians have been imprisoned in Iran since mid-2010. Most of those Christians were imprisoned for being apostates (Christian converts from Islam).
Today, more than 20 Iranian Christians are behind bars in Iran for nothing more than their Christian faith and activities. “If they force [him] back to Iran and he is harmed–or even killed– his blood will be on [Sweden’s] hands,” Gary Lane writes for CBN.
By Gary Lane
11/12/2012 Sweden (CBN.com)- Iranian Christian Reza Jebbari faces imminent deportation from Sweden, despite the possibility that his return to Iran could lead to his imprisonment or death.
Jebbari is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2010. He applied for assylum when he arrived in Sweden two years ago, but the Swedish Immigration Service and the Migration Court rejected the request.
The assylum denial came despite evidence that Jebbari actively participates in church activities, including street evangelism on a regular basis. He’s appeared in church plays and sings in the choir at Tensta Church.
Apparently the court questioned the sincerity of Jebbari’s conversion and said he failed to convince them that his life would be in danger if he were sent back to Iran. This, despite assurances from Jebbari’s pastor that, “He has a deep Christian identity, as much as I have.”
Who would know more about a person’s spiritual walk than the person who has mentored him?
If Swedish immigration officials would take the time to examine the recent case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, they would understand the possible fate that awaits Jebbari. The Iranian regime imprisoned Nadarkhani and sentenced him to death because he was considered an apostate.
What additional evidence does the Swedish government need to grant Jebbari assylum? Seems to me this is a no brainer.
If they force Jebbari back to Iran and he is harmed–or even killed– his blood will be on their hands.
Here’s information for contacting the Swedish ambassador’s office in Washington, D.C.:
Sweden Embassy, United States
2900 K Street, N.W.
Source: CBN.com, International Christian Concern