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Christians’ belongings held unlawfully, says lawyer

Christians’ belongings held unlawfully, says lawyer

The lawyer of five Christians out on bail for more than a year has complained his clients’ confiscated belongings have still not been returned to them, despite the law mandating they should be returned at the “earliest possible opportunity”.

Iran’s tightening grip on religious minorities

Iran’s tightening grip on religious minorities

With the Islamic Republic implanting its own leaders inside different faith groups to protect and advance its interests, these ancient minorities face altered traditions and even the risk of disappearing from Iran altogether.

What is Christmas really like for Christians in Iran?

What is Christmas really like for Christians in Iran?

Every year at Christmas, senior regime figures step forward to offer their well-wishes to their “Christian compatriots” on the occasion […]

Christian convert: ‘If you care about human rights, why am I in prison?’

Christian convert: ‘If you care about human rights, why am I in prison?’

A Christian convert serving a six-year prison sentence for leading a house-church has queried how the head of Iran’s judiciary […]

What does Supreme Court ruling mean for Iran’s Christian prisoners of conscience?

What does Supreme Court ruling mean for Iran’s Christian prisoners of conscience?

Article18 asks human rights lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz about the practical implications for Iran’s Christian prisoners of conscience of the recent […]

‘Our daughter still visibly suffers from the impact of my arrest’

‘Our daughter still visibly suffers from the impact of my arrest’

It was Marjan and Mani’s eight-year-old daughter, Dina, who opened the door when their home was raided by intelligence agents […]

Marjan and Mani

Marjan and Mani

My name is Mohsen (Mani) Aliabady Ravari, and I was born in 1978 in Tehran. My wife Manizheh (Marjan) Bagheri was born in 1983 in Hamedan.

Iran’s Supreme Court rules Christians did not act against national security

Iran’s Supreme Court rules Christians did not act against national security

Iran’s Supreme Court has ruled that nine Christian converts serving five-year prison sentences for their involvement in house-churches should not have been charged with “acting against national security”.

Religious minorities in Iran: violence, resistance and hope

Religious minorities in Iran: violence, resistance and hope

For four decades, by exerting structural and institutionalised violence and legalising discrimination against millions of religious minorities, the Iranian regime has sought to subdue, de-identify, and even eradicate them, writes Fred Petrossian.

UN passes resolution highlighting Iran’s repression of religious minorities

UN passes resolution highlighting Iran’s repression of religious minorities

The UN’s General Assembly yesterday passed a resolution highlighting “widespread patterns of serious human rights violations” in Iran, including the […]