Christian convert Ali Amini arrested in Tabriz 19th January 2018 News A Christian convert arrested ahead of Christmas in Tabriz, northwest Iran, is still in the city’s central prison, according to Article18’s sources. Ali Amini (nicknamed Philip) was arrested by intelligence agents on 10 December, when they stormed his workplace and seized his personal belongings, including his mobile phone and laptop. His elderly father was also present during the raid. Ali is married and has two children, aged three and one. Every year ahead of Christmas, the Iranian government ramps up its pressure on Christians. Four other converts were also arrested in Karaj, Alborz province, ahead of Christmas 2017. Recently, four UN human rights activists called on Iran to ensure Iranian Christians are given “fair and transparent” hearings. Independent experts have also emphasised that Christian minorities in Iran face severe discrimination, especially those who have changed religion to Christianity.