Witness Statements

Marjan and Mani

Marjan and Mani

My name is Mohsen (Mani) Aliabady Ravari, and I was born on 29 June 1978 in Tehran. My wife Manizheh (Marjan) Bagheri was born on 22 July 1983 in Hamedan.

Leila and Peyman

Leila and Peyman

My name is Leila Fooladi Helabad and I was born on 24 July 1976 in Isfahan. And my name is Abbas Kiani, known as Peyman. I was born on 19 January 1975 in Khorramshahr.

Emma Safaei

Emma Safaei

My name is Azam Safaei, though now I prefer to be called Emma. I was born on 11 September 1977, and am originally from Khorasan [northeast Iran].

Parham Mohammadpour

Parham Mohammadpour

My name is Alireza (Parham) Mohammadpour, and I was born on 22 July 1990 in Nahavand, Hamadan Province, to a Laki-speaking family from the city of Harsin, in Kermanshah Province.

Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi

Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi

My name is Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi, and I was born on 4 April 1986 in Shiraz. My father passed away when I was 11 years old, so I had to study and work at the same time. A while later, I became a Christian and an active member of a Christian youth group.

Arina Zarei

Arina Zarei

My name is Fatemeh (Arina) Zarei. I was born on 27 December 1975, in Isfahan, to a Muslim family with strong religious beliefs. However, I converted to Christianity in 2008.

Davood Irani

Davood Irani

My name is Davood Irani and I am from Tabriz. I became a Christian on 28 August, 2005. I was born in a non-religious family, but like all Iranians I was forcefully deemed a Muslim from birth.

Danial Shahri

Danial Shahri

I am Danial Shahri. I was born on 10 November, 1990, in a Christian family in Isfahan. My parents are both blind and converted to Christianity from Islam. I was a student in Iran and was active in a “house church” in Isfahan.