Case Studies

Ahmad Sarparast, Morteza Mashoodkari and Ayoob Poor-Rezazadeh

Ahmad Sarparast, Morteza Mashoodkari and Ayoob Poor-Rezazadeh

These three Christian converts are the latest to be charged under the newly amended Article 500 of the penal code, and are facing five years in each prison.

Shahrooz Eslamdoust, Mehdi Khatibi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Hossein Kadivar,  Mohammad Vafadar, Matthias Ali-Haghnejad, Behnam Akhlaghi, Khalil Dehghanpour and Kamal Naamanian

Shahrooz Eslamdoust, Mehdi Khatibi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Hossein Kadivar, Mohammad Vafadar, Matthias Ali-Haghnejad, Behnam Akhlaghi, Khalil Dehghanpour and Kamal Naamanian

Nine Christian converts whose five-year sentences for “acting against national security” were challenged by Iran’s Supreme Court.

Saheb Fadaie, Yousef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Youhan Omidi

Saheb Fadaie, Yousef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Youhan Omidi

This case study was used as part of a UK government-funded report into the persecution of Christians worldwide. The case […]

Ramin Hassanpour, Saeede Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and Mehri Behjati

Ramin Hassanpour, Saeede Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and Mehri Behjati

These four Christian converts were given prison sentences of between two and five years for “acting against national security” by belonging to a house-church and “spreading Zionist Christianity”.

Bahram Nasibov, Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh

Bahram Nasibov, Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh

Christian convert Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh was arrested alongside three Christians visiting from Azerbaijan – Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov and Bahram Nasibov – in June 2016 at a private gathering near Tehran.

Sara Ahmadi and Homayoun Zhaveh

Sara Ahmadi and Homayoun Zhaveh

Iranian Christian converts Homayoun Zhaveh and his wife Sara Ahmadi were sentenced to two and 11 years in prison, respectively, in November 2020 for membership and leadership of a house-church.

Ebrahim Firouzi and Sevada Aghasar

Ebrahim Firouzi and Sevada Aghasar

Sevada Aghasar, an Iranian-Armenian Christian, and Ebrahim Firouzi, a Christian convert, were arrested on 21 August 2013, just a week before Ebrahim was due to be summoned to serve a one-year jail sentence.

Hadi Asgari, Shamiram Issavi, Victor Bet-Tamraz and Amin Afshar-Naderi

Hadi Asgari, Shamiram Issavi, Victor Bet-Tamraz and Amin Afshar-Naderi

This case study was used as part of a UK government-funded report into the persecution of Christians worldwide. The case involves four Christians […]

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad initially faced four charges after his arrest on 25 January 2019: “propaganda against the state”, “apostasy”, “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs” and “membership of a group hostile to the regime”.

Iran Ministry of Intelligence and EIKO closes Assyrian Presbyterian church

Iran Ministry of Intelligence and EIKO closes Assyrian Presbyterian church

This case study was used as part of a UK government-funded report into the persecution of Christians worldwide. Case referenced by Article18, […]