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Christians summoned to answer charges of ‘propaganda against the Islamic Republic’

Christians summoned to answer charges of ‘propaganda against the Islamic Republic’

Eight Christian converts in the southwestern city of Dezful have been summoned to answer charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

‘Iranian judiciary intent on suppressing independent lawyers and rights defenders’

‘Iranian judiciary intent on suppressing independent lawyers and rights defenders’

An Iranian human rights lawyer says the latest move by the judiciary to stifle the independence of lawyers shows the presence of “even a small number of human rights defenders is intolerable for the judiciary”.

Bishop’s house ‘to be turned into a museum’

Bishop’s house ‘to be turned into a museum’

The former house of Iran’s first ethnic Persian Anglican bishop is to be turned into a museum, according to the state-funded Mehr News Agency.

‘Just because I’m Christian, I’m deprived of any promotion’

‘Just because I’m Christian, I’m deprived of any promotion’

Maryam Dehkordi focuses on the myriad ways in which religious minorities are discriminated against in Iran, in violation of the Constitution.

Iran’s recognised Christians – the unlikely allies of the Islamic Republic

Iran’s recognised Christians – the unlikely allies of the Islamic Republic

The Iranian state propaganda machine continues to use the country’s recognised Christian minority groups – of Armenian and Assyrian descent – as tools to speak out against the rise of evangelical Christianity in Iran.

Hardliner’s appointment as judiciary chief shows ‘only regime’s survival matters’

Hardliner’s appointment as judiciary chief shows ‘only regime’s survival matters’

The appointment of another infamous hardliner as the new head of Iran’s judiciary, replacing president-elect Ebrahim Raisi, is being seen as another step towards an even more repressive Islamic Republic.

Iran’s parliament backs death sentence for ‘cooperating’ with ‘hostile states’

Iran’s parliament backs death sentence for ‘cooperating’ with ‘hostile states’

Iran’s parliament has passed the first draft of a bill that champions the death penalty for anyone convicted of “spying” for or “cooperating” with “hostile states” – “especially the United States”.

Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh’s request for conditional release rejected

Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh’s request for conditional release rejected

Christian prisoner of conscience Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh has been told his request for conditional release has been rejected. The news […]

Vatican appoints Polish archbishop as new ambassador to Iran

Vatican appoints Polish archbishop as new ambassador to Iran

The Vatican has appointed Polish archbishop Andrzej Józwowicz as its new ambassador to Iran. The 56-year-old, who previously served in […]

Christian converts given maximum five-year sentences under penal code amendments

Christian converts given maximum five-year sentences under penal code amendments

Three Christian converts have been given the maximum sentence of five years each in prison under controversial recent amendments to the Iranian penal code.