Iranian persecution of Christians grow...
A crackdown that is getting little notice...
From Réalité-EU, a timeline of repression:In 2008, the Iranian parliament approved a bill mandating that all male apostates be put to death and all female apostates be imprisoned for life. Anti-Christian activities also targeted traditionally protected Christian communities.
In March 2009, after receiving threats from the government, the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Tehran closed its doors. 
Today, most of Iran’s Christians meet out of sight of the authorities in “house churches”. 
In the early morning hours of December 26, 2010, the Iranian government arrested 25 Christians in Tehran and other locations. 
In January 2011, Iranian authorities arrested dozens of Christian converts from Islam. Tehran’s governor, Morteza Tamadon, confirmed the arrests and said that missionary evangelicals are a “cultural invasion of the enemy”. He described Christians as “hard-line” missionaries who have “inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. 
This statement echoed a declaration of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, who in October 2010 said that house churches are a threat to Iran’s national security. 
Those statements serve as the pretext for the Revolutionary Guard’s targeting of churches, their leaders and worshippers. 
In the past six months, the crackdown has led to the arrest of 285 Christians in 35 cities, according to Elam Ministries, an organization that serves Christians in Iran. 
Many of those Christians have spent weeks and even months in prison, often serving long periods in solitary confinement. They also have endured interrogations and psychological abuse.