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Converts face prison for ‘promoting Christianity’

Converts face prison for ‘promoting Christianity’

An appeals court in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr has upheld the one-year prison sentences given to three Christian converts for “propagating against the Islamic Republic through promoting Christianity”.

Iranian Christian group ‘dismantled’ for ‘creating moral deviations’

Iranian Christian group ‘dismantled’ for ‘creating moral deviations’

An Iranian news agency linked to the Revolutionary Guard Corps has reported the arrest of a “network” of Christians in “several provinces” for “creating moral deviations” and “promoting [religious] conversion”.

Mary Mohammadi told she can’t have old job back, arrested again

Mary Mohammadi told she can’t have old job back, arrested again

Iranian Christian convert Fatemeh (Mary) Mohammadi has been arrested again – this time for alleged “improper” hijab – and continues […]

Iran denies persecuting Christians, calls house-churches ‘enemy groups’

Iran denies persecuting Christians, calls house-churches ‘enemy groups’

Iran has denied systematically persecuting Christians, in response to a formal enquiry by six senior UN rights experts.

Iran ranks eighth in global persecution of Christians

Iran ranks eighth in global persecution of Christians

Iran has risen to eighth place in the latest annual listing of the 50 countries in which the persecution of […]

Amin Afshar-Naderi on his 15-year prison sentence and why he left Iran

Amin Afshar-Naderi on his 15-year prison sentence and why he left Iran

Iranian Christian convert Amin Afshar-Naderi has spoken exclusively to Article18 about the “extreme difficulty” he has experienced in “six years […]

Judge to Christians: ‘Who set this low bail so you were free to roam the streets?’

Judge to Christians: ‘Who set this low bail so you were free to roam the streets?’

More details have emerged of the harsh treatment of four Christian converts sentenced in October to a combined 35 years […]

Renewed fears over parliamentary bill that threatens Iran’s religious minorities

Renewed fears over parliamentary bill that threatens Iran’s religious minorities

There are renewed fears over a parliamentary bill that threatens to facilitate the further repression of Iran’s religious minorities.

‘We can’t allow sick people like you to prosper in the Islamic Republic’

‘We can’t allow sick people like you to prosper in the Islamic Republic’

Peyman and Leila Kiani’s one-year-old daughter, Armita, was present when officers from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence raided their house-church leadership […]

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.