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‘We opened the door and 20 intelligence agents came in’

‘We opened the door and 20 intelligence agents came in’

Maryam Rooznahani Peyhani fled her home in Iran two years ago today, on the anniversary of the raid on her […]

Ebrahim Firouzi released on bail, but charges not dropped

Ebrahim Firouzi released on bail, but charges not dropped

Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been released on bail after nearly three weeks in detention. The 34-year-old, who has […]

Iran’s Catholics welcome new archbishop after six-year hiatus

Iran’s Catholics welcome new archbishop after six-year hiatus

Fr Dominique Mathieu, 57, was consecrated last week as archbishop of the Tehran-Isfahan archdiocese – one of the smallest in the world, with just six parishes and an estimated 2,000-6,000 members.

Yasser Mossayebzadeh granted conditional release from prison

Yasser Mossayebzadeh granted conditional release from prison

Mohammad Ali (Yasser) Mossayebzadeh, who was serving a 10-year sentence as a result of his membership of a house-church, has been granted conditional release from prison.

Iran found guilty of ‘arbitrary detention’ of Christian pastor

Iran found guilty of ‘arbitrary detention’ of Christian pastor

The UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that the Iranian government is guilty of arbitrarily detaining Christian pastor […]

Ebrahim Firouzi still in prison as church council voices concern

Ebrahim Firouzi still in prison as church council voices concern

The Council of United Iranian Churches (Hamgaam) has called on the Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi, and “stop persecuting him”.

Iran passes bill that threatens further repression of Christian converts

Iran passes bill that threatens further repression of Christian converts

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has signed into law two controversial amendments to the Penal Code, which it is feared will be used to further clamp down on unrecognised religious minorities, including Christian converts.

Ebrahim Firouzi promised release, ends hunger strike

Ebrahim Firouzi promised release, ends hunger strike

Imprisoned Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has ended his hunger strike after receiving assurances he will soon be released and the […]

Ebrahim Firouzi to begin hunger strike after latest imprisonment

Ebrahim Firouzi to begin hunger strike after latest imprisonment

Exiled and now newly imprisoned Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has declared that he will begin a hunger strike tomorrow […]

UN rapporteur tells Iran to ‘release all imprisoned for exercising right to religious freedom’

UN rapporteur tells Iran to ‘release all imprisoned for exercising right to religious freedom’

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has reiterated his “deep concerns” over “persisting” discrimination against religious minorities in the country.