The Secretary of State recently re-designated Iran as one of ten Countries of Particular Concern for engaging in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. The state of religious freedom in Iran remains extremely poor.
Human rights monitors report that Shamiram Isavi, the wife of Victor Bet Tamraz, who formerly led Iran's Assyrian Pentecostal Church, has been targeted on the basis of her faith and sentenced to five years in prison for supposed crimes against national security.
In July, her husband was sentenced to ten years on similar charges. The couple's son, Ramil, has also been accused of so called national security crimes because of his faith and his father's ministry.
Human rights monitors note that Christian converts are being increasingly targeted in Iran, with at least ten individuals receiving long prison terms over the past year.
Designating Iran a Country of Particular Concern because of the government's ongoing violations of religious freedom demonstrates the importance the United States places on respect for this human right.
As President Donald Trump said in his proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, January 16, The United States is the paramount champion for religious freedom because we do not believe that conscience rights are only for Americans...We will be undeterred in our commitment to monitor religious persecutions and implement policies that promote religious freedom. Through these efforts we strive for the day when people of all faiths can follow their hearts and worship according to their consciences.
1. ... for engaging in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.
engage in 参与
to engage in local politics
2. ... with at least ten individuals receiving long prison terms over the past year.
at least 至少
I resolved to visit my grandmother at least once a year.
最近，美国国务卿再次指定伊朗为十个特别关注国之一，因为伊朗正在参与并纵容以系统化的丑陋方式违背宗教自由 。伊朗宗教自由的情况依然不堪入目 。
今年7月，她的丈夫因相似的罪名被判入狱十年 。这对夫妻的儿子名叫Ramil，也因自己的信仰和其父亲所在的部门而带上了所谓国家安全罪名的帽子 。
正如特朗普总统在1月16日宗教自由日当天所说的那样，美国是最支持宗教自由的国家，因为我们认为，宗教自由的权利不只是美国人的权利……我们将坚定致力于监察迫害宗教教徒的行为，并对施行促进宗教自由的政策 。通过这些工作，我们奋斗着，希望有朝一日各种宗教信仰的人能遵从自己的内心，凭着自己的良知意愿朝圣 。