Analysis

What will a Raisi presidency mean for Iran’s Christians?

What will a Raisi presidency mean for Iran’s Christians?

As the dust settles on Ebrahim Raisi’s unsurprising election victory, amid record low voter turnout, Article18 assesses what the result […]

How Hassan Rouhani failed to deliver on his election promises to religious minorities

How Hassan Rouhani failed to deliver on his election promises to religious minorities

As the next election approaches, Article18’s Kiaa Aalipour analyses the situation of religious minorities, especially Christians, during Hassan Rouhani’s two terms in office.

Rethinking international freedom of religion or belief policies

Rethinking international freedom of religion or belief policies

Nazila Ghanea considers how the Biden administration should approach international religious freedom, especially in light of Trump-era policies.

The impact of ‘white torture’ on Iranian Christians

The impact of ‘white torture’ on Iranian Christians

Article18’s Mansour Borji describes the deep and long-lasting negative impacts of “white torture” on Iranian Christian prisoners of conscience.

For Iranian Christian refugees, limbo in Turkey can lead to danger

For Iranian Christian refugees, limbo in Turkey can lead to danger

Esmaeil Falahati’s case shows how the fates of asylum-seekers—often Christians—have become subject to Turkish officials sometimes unsympathetic with their plight, and the repercussions of countries closing their borders to refugees.

A recipe for intolerance: Iran’s blueprint for cracking down on Christians

A recipe for intolerance: Iran’s blueprint for cracking down on Christians

In spite of what regime figures like to say about the “tolerance” of the Islamic Republic, from the early days of the revolution — as soon as they were firmly in power — the ayatollahs began a crackdown on civil and religious liberties.

Iran’s judicial standards document just another smokescreen

Iran’s judicial standards document just another smokescreen

Iran’s new judicial standards document on the face of it matches up well with international standards. The problem is that the guidelines and the reality on the ground are some way apart.

Iran’s religious minority representatives: surrender to survive

Iran’s religious minority representatives: surrender to survive

Even Iran’s “recognised” minorities are victims of an apartheid along religious lines. Why, then, have they also become propagandists of the Islamic Republic?

Iranian regime trying to ‘suffocate’ growth of Christianity – Mansour Borji

Iranian regime trying to ‘suffocate’ growth of Christianity – Mansour Borji

Article18’s Mansour Borji yesterday explained during a live webinar how the Iranian regime is trying to “suffocate” the rapid growth […]

Iran continues to deny religious freedom abuses, against all evidence

Iran continues to deny religious freedom abuses, against all evidence

Any observer of Iran’s multitudinous religious freedom abuses will be familiar with the repeated denials by regime officials. The latest […]