Analysis

Meet Iran’s latest Christian prisoners of conscience

Meet Iran’s latest Christian prisoners of conscience

The similarities and differences between the latest set of Iranian Christians to have been jailed show clearly that, in the Islamic Republic, neither recognised nor unrecognised Christians are free to act out their beliefs.

Iranian-Armenian pastor begins 10-year prison sentence

Iranian-Armenian pastor begins 10-year prison sentence

An Iranian-Armenian pastor has today begun serving a 10-year prison sentence for holding church services in his home. Joseph Shahbazian, […]

UN experts call on Iran to ‘stop persecution, harassment of religious minorities’

UN experts call on Iran to ‘stop persecution, harassment of religious minorities’

Eight UN experts have called on the Iranian authorities to “stop persecution and harassment of religious minorities and end the […]

Supreme Court denies Christians retrial

Supreme Court denies Christians retrial

Three Iranian Christians have been informed that the Supreme Court has refused to review their sentences of prison and exile […]

Anooshavan Avedian 

Anooshavan Avedian 

Iranian-Armenian Christian Anooshavan Avedian faces 10 years in prison under the amended Article 500 of the Islamic Penal Code for what a notorious judge called “propaganda contrary to and disturbing to the holy religion of Islam”.

Youhan Omidi returns home from four years’ prison and exile

Youhan Omidi returns home from four years’ prison and exile

After two years in prison and nearly two more in internal exile over 1,000km from his home and family – […]

Anooshavan Avedian awaits imprisonment as converts summoned to Tehran prosecutor  

Anooshavan Avedian awaits imprisonment as converts summoned to Tehran prosecutor  

A 60-year-old Iranian-Armenian Christian is awaiting a summons to begin his 10-year prison sentence for “engaging in propaganda contrary to and disturbing to Islam”.

Seven Iranian Christians sentenced to total of 32 years in prison

Seven Iranian Christians sentenced to total of 32 years in prison

An Iranian-Armenian Christian pastor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and two women converts to Christianity to six years for their leadership roles within house-churches.

House-church leader loses appeal as seven other Christians await verdict 

House-church leader loses appeal as seven other Christians await verdict 

An appeal court has upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a house-church leader issued by a notorious judge.  Anooshavan Avedian, an […]

House-church members still detained, families told upcoming appeal doomed

House-church members still detained, families told upcoming appeal doomed

Three house-church members already facing five-year prison sentences remain in detention more than a week after they were re-arrested. Ayoob […]