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Anglican minister and family face imminent deportation back to Iran

Anglican minister and family face imminent deportation back to Iran

An Anglican minister who fled Iran six years ago because of constant harassment by intelligence agents and multiple arrests has […]

‘We are just Christians worshipping according to the Bible,’ say converts in last defence

‘We are just Christians worshipping according to the Bible,’ say converts in last defence

Three Christian converts facing up to 10 years in prison for alleged “deviant propaganda” and ties with foreign organisations have […]

Christian converts absolved by Supreme Court now face ‘propaganda’ charges

Christian converts absolved by Supreme Court now face ‘propaganda’ charges

Two of the nine Christian converts cleared by a Supreme Court judge of “acting against national security” have now been charged with “propaganda against the state”.

UN rapporteur highlights Iran’s arrest of Christians ‘for practice of beliefs’

UN rapporteur highlights Iran’s arrest of Christians ‘for practice of beliefs’

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has reiterated his “concern” at the regime’s “continued repression of religious minorities”, including arresting Christians “for the practice of their beliefs”.

Converts summoned to begin prison sentences for ‘spreading “Zionist” Christianity’

Converts summoned to begin prison sentences for ‘spreading “Zionist” Christianity’

Three Christian converts from the northern city of Rasht have been summoned to begin serving prison sentences of between two […]

‘Converting to Christianity or any other religion is really a heroic act in Iran’

‘Converting to Christianity or any other religion is really a heroic act in Iran’

The “heroic act” of converting to any other religion than Islam was the central talking point in yesterday’s webinar on […]

‘If I ever took off my blindfold an officer would beat me with a stick’

‘If I ever took off my blindfold an officer would beat me with a stick’

Ali Shahvari was detained for a year, including two months in solitary confinement, following his second arrest for his Christian […]

Iman Shahvari

Iman Shahvari

My name is Ali Shahvari, and I was born in Tehran in 1968. After I became a Christian, I changed my name from Ali to Iman [which means “faith”], and everyone has called me by that name since then.

Converts charged with ‘deviant propaganda’ under amended Article 500

Converts charged with ‘deviant propaganda’ under amended Article 500

Three Christian converts from the northern city of Rasht are the latest to be charged under last year’s controversial amendments to Article 500 of the penal code, and could now face up to 10 years in prison.

Converts cleared of any crime must now attend ‘re-education’ classes

Converts cleared of any crime must now attend ‘re-education’ classes

A group of Christian converts cleared of any wrongdoing in November are now being forced to undertake “re-education” classes in the Islamic faith.