Ethnic Iranians are seen as being Muslim, and carrying out any Christian activities in their Farsi language is illegal. An Iranian man who leaves Islam can be sentenced to death and a woman to life imprisonment, although such sentences haven’t been carried out for more than 20 years. However, in 2017 over a dozen Christians – most of them converts to Christianity – were given prison sentences of between 10 and 15 years for “acting against national security”. According to religious freedom watchdog Article 18, such political charges attempt “to avoid international outcry at religiously motivated charges”. Several imprisoned Iranian Christians have undertaken hunger strikes in protest.

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Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed

Iranian Christian jailed for 10 years freed

An Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released after three months. Mostafa Bordbar, 27, was released Nov. 3 from Tehran’s Evin Prison after charges of participating in an “anti-security organisation” and “gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security” were overturned. Bordbar was arrested […]

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Iranians jailed for ‘house church’ attendance

Iranians jailed for ‘house church’ attendance

Four Iranian Christians jailed for attending a ‘house church’ have lost their judicial appeals. Mojtaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein, Mohammad-Reza Partoei, Vahid Hakkani and Homayoun Shokouhi were each sentenced in June to three years and eight months in prison. Shokouhi’s wife Fariba and son Nima both received suspended sentences of two […]

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Don’t speak, act, Rouhani told

Religious minorities continue to face repression in Iran, despite new President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate persona, reports Al-Monitor. Al-Monitor says the new President should speak with actions, not words, as he prepares to address the UN General Assembly in New York next week. “Since Rouhani’s election in June, there has been […]

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Retired pastor tried in Tehran

The trial of a retired Iranian-Armenian pastor started on September 7 at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, nine months after his arrest, reports Mohabat News. Vruir Avanessian, 61, is accused of “action against national security” and “proselytising Farsi-speaking citizens”. His trial took place behind closed doors. Avanessian, who suffers from […]

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Jail then exile for Iranian convert

Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi, 28, has been jailed for one year for “evangelism activities [which are] considered in opposition to the regime of the Republic Islamic of Iran”. (Source: Mohabat) Firouzi, who was arrested in March and could not afford a lawyer, will then spend two years in exile […]

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‘Your wife arrested, your father dead’

An imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity has spoken of the “mental torture” he has experienced since his arrest in December 2010. Mohabat News reports that Farshid Fathi, who is serving a six-year jail term for being the “chief director of a foreign organisation in Iran and raising funds for [them]”, […]

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Iranian convert jailed for 10 years

Mostafa Bordbar.World Watch Monitor   Mostafa Bordbar, an Iranian convert to Christianity, has been jailed for 10 years (Source: Mohabat News). Bordbar, 27, who was arrested last year, was sentenced to five years for membership of an “anti-security organisation” and five years for partaking in “gatherings with intent to commit […]

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Iranian Christians continue to face arrest, imprisonment

Iranian Christians continue to face arrest, imprisonment

Ebrahim Firouzi, 28, jailed for “promoting Christian Zionism, attempting to launch a Christian website, contact with suspicious foreigners and running online church service”.Mohabat News   The steady flow of Iranian Christians facing arrest and imprisonment on spurious charges continues. In Shiraz, famous for its cultural significance to Iranians as the […]

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