The update to the penal code in February 2021 suggests that religious freedom in Iran will continue to be severely restricted.
Iran already increased the criminalisation of Christian activity with updates to the Penal Code this year.
Last year, Christian convert Fatemeh Mohammadi was arrested during an anti-government protest in Tehran.
It is widely believed that this new law will serve as a more precise or expanded tool to suppress religious freedom.
Iranian Christians often are forced to sign agreements to abstain from gathering at house churches.
It is not rare that Christians are being sent to “re-education” sessions with Islamic clerics.
Iran uses the country’s Penal Code to prosecute Christians for their peaceful religious activities.
Iranian officials have monitored Firouzi since his first arrest in 2011.
Iran continues to imprison, harass and persecute Christians, particularly those of Muslim faith backgrounds.