Floggings Reported in Iran Against Religious Minorities

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Last fall, the flogging sentence of 80 lashes each was carried out against two Christian men named Mohammadreza Omidi and Zaman Fadaii. Both were issued this sentence for drinking communion wine during a church service. Last spring, an Iranian Christian woman was also sentenced to flogging after her arrest for being present in an area of protest. While her trial was not specifically regarding charges of a religious freedom nature, the judge reviewing her case made it clear that her Christian faith was not welcome.