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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.

Date set for historic appeal hearing

Date set for historic appeal hearing

Eight of the nine Christian converts recently released from prison pending a review of their case have been told their appeal will be heard next month.

Iran’s Supreme Court agrees to review Christian convert’s 10-year prison sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court agrees to review Christian convert’s 10-year prison sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court has finally agreed to review the case of a Christian convert serving a 10-year prison sentence for […]

Iranian Christians decry denial of education to converts and their children

Iranian Christians decry denial of education to converts and their children

A group of Iranian Christian former prisoners of conscience between them sentenced to over 50 years in prison have published a joint statement decrying the denial of education to Persian-speaking Christians in Iran.

Annual report: Supreme Court ruling gave hope but Persian Christians still have no  #place2worship

Annual report: Supreme Court ruling gave hope but Persian Christians still have no #place2worship

Two rulings at the end of 2021 offered hope that one day Iranian Christians may no longer be charged with […]

Annual report: Rights violations against Christians in 2021

Annual report: Rights violations against Christians in 2021

Two rulings at the end of 2021 offered hope that one day Iranian Christians may no longer be charged with […]

Isfahan brothers still missing after Christmas arrest

Isfahan brothers still missing after Christmas arrest

Two brothers remain missing more than a month after their arrest at a Christmas gathering near Isfahan.

Christian converts conclude prison sentences, but one now faces exile

Christian converts conclude prison sentences, but one now faces exile

Two Christian converts have been released from prison at the conclusion of their one-year prison sentences for belonging to a house-church, but one of them now faces two years’ exile.