News

Iran still found time to persecute Christians in 2020, despite pandemic

Iran still found time to persecute Christians in 2020, despite pandemic

In a year dominated by Covid-19, Iran still found time to persecute Christians in 2020, Article18’s annual report reveals. The […]

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 […]

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.

Iran still a ‘country of particular concern’ when it comes to religious freedom

Iran still a ‘country of particular concern’ when it comes to religious freedom

The US State Department has re-designated Iran as a “Country of Particular Concern” for “engaging in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom”.

Article18 calls on UN General Assembly to ratify Iran rights resolution

Article18 calls on UN General Assembly to ratify Iran rights resolution

Article18 has joined 36 other rights group in calling on UN member states to ratify the recently adopted resolution on […]