Publication date: 2013
Published by: Center for Human Rights in Iran
Number of Pages: 73

The Cost of Faith: Persecution of Christian Protestants and Converts in Iran

Article18 contributed to this 2013 report, which documents the rights violations of Protestant Christians in Iran within the context of international human rights laws and the rights guaranteed within Iran’s own constitution. The comprehensive, 73-page report documents a pattern of rights violations that extend to all walks of life for Protestant converts in Iran: they face severe restrictions on religious practice and association, arbitrary arrests and detention for practising their faith, and violations of the right to life through state executions for apostasy, as well as extrajudicial killings.

Rights violations listed in this report include:


  • Violations of the Right to Life
  • Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
  • Torture and Ill-Treatment of Detainees
  • Lack of Due Process and Access to a Lawyer
  • Restrictions on Freedom of Assembly and Association
  • Monitoring and Harassment
  • Attacks on Free Expression and Access to Information


  • Employment Discrimination
  • Discrimination in Education
  • Discrimination in Marriage and Family Life
  • Discrimination in Access to Justice

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