Happy New Year, Iran?

Happy New Year, Iran?
It’s officially the first week of a New Year for the Persian-speaking world who have just finished celebrating Nowruz. With the Iranian new year some ‘new’ things have already happened for the Islamic Republic. Most notably Austrian President Heinz Fischer has accepted an invitation to visit Iran. No date has . . . Read More

Iran’s nuclear programme ‘distracting’ world from rights abuses

Iran’s nuclear programme ‘distracting’ world from rights abuses
An Iranian Nobel Prize-winner has warned EU and US officials that Iran’s nuclear programme is distracting them from addressing the country’s human rights abuses. Shirin Ebadi, now living in the UK, has asked the West to rethink its sanctions, saying that rather than curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, they are affecting . . . Read More

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 . . . Read More

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 . . . Read More

Iran convicts six Christian converts

Iran convicts six Christian converts
Six Iranian converts to Christianity were convicted of crimes related to their membership in a house church, a news service has reported.  Mohabat News, which reports on news of Christians inside Iran, published a report on Sunday (June 16) claiming that four men, a woman and her teen-aged son were convicted . . . Read More