Iranian authorities have arrested a Christian evangelical pastor in what many organizations are saying is a growing crackdown on Christianity in Iran.

Abdolreza “Matthias” Haghnejad, a pastor in the evangelical Church of Iran was arrested on August 17 while making a pastoral visit, Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported.

Haghnejad’s family says he is being held without access to an attorney and they do not know what the charges against him are or where he is being held.

This is the second time Haghnejad has been arrested. The U.S. State Department reported that on May 1, the Revolutionary Court in the northern city of Bandar Anzali tried Haghnejad and ten other members of the Church of Iran, including Zainab Bahremend, the 62-year-old grandmother of two other defendants, on charges of “acting against national security.”

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