‘My Fear Is that We’re Too Quiet,’ Say Iranian Christian Survivors of Persecution

‘My Fear Is that We’re Too Quiet,’ Say Iranian Christian Survivors of Persecution

(Article18) — Three Christian women survivors of persecution in Iran have called upon the international community to make more noise on behalf of persecuted Christians in Iran. “My fear is that we’re too quiet,” said Dabrina Bet-Tamraz, whose brother, Ramiel, is currently in prison in Tehran because of his Christian evangelism, and whose father, Victor, […]

Three Iranian Christians Granted Early Release from Prison

Three Iranian Christians Granted Early Release from Prison

(Article18) — Three Iranian Christian converts have been granted early release from prison, reports Middle East Concern. Asghar Salehi was released from Eqlid Prison yesterday after serving two months of his six-month sentence. Mohammad Reza Rezaei and a third convert known only as “A.T.” are due to be released on Saturday. Article18’s Advocacy Director, Mansour […]

Iranian Christian Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting Islamic Sacred Beliefs’

Iranian Christian Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting Islamic Sacred Beliefs’

(Article18) — Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, a 65-year-old convert to Christianity, has been sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs”. He was sentenced under Article 513 of the Islamic Penal Code, which provides for a punishment of between one and five years in prison. His sentencing, on Jan. 11, followed a court hearing […]

Annual Report Details Persecution of Iranian Christians: 25 Arrested in 2019, 13 Sentenced to Prison

Annual Report Details Persecution of Iranian Christians: 25 Arrested in 2019, 13 Sentenced to Prison

(Article 18) — Iranian Christians continued to suffer multiple violations of their right to freedom of religion in 2019, Article18’s latest annual report reveals. The report, a collaboration with Open Doors International, CSW and Middle East Concern, names 25 Christians arrested in 2019 and 13 Christians who received sentences of between four months and five years […]

Pastor’s Son Begins Jail Sentence in Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison for ‘Acting Against National Security’

Pastor’s Son Begins Jail Sentence in Iran’s Notorious Evin Prison for ‘Acting Against National Security’

(Barnabas Fund) — Pastor’s son Ramiel Bet Tamraz was summoned to Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for its harsh conditions, on 7 January to begin a jail sentence for “acting against national security.” The 35-year-old was given a four-month sentence, although the one month he has already spent in detention will be deducted from the time […]

US Sanctions Iranian Judge Complicit in Christian Persecution

US Sanctions Iranian Judge Complicit in Christian Persecution

(International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Dec. 19, 2019, the United States issued financial sanctions against two Iranian judges complicit in violating the human rights of Iranians. One of these judges, Mohammad Moghisseh, has a long record of specifically violating the rights of Iran’s Christian minority. “Through their respective […]