After detaining 33-year-old Christian pastor Farshid Fathi for 16 months without indictment, judicial authorities finally sentenced him to six years in prison in April 2012. Fathi’s indictment is part of a continuing pattern of discrimination and persecution of Christian converts in Iran.... read more
(23 December 2011) As Christmas approaches this year, it appears that authorities are again ramping up their monitoring and harassment of Protestant Christians and house-churches. According to the Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN), a news service dedicated to covering Christian issues, in recent weeks the “number of Christians in Tehran and six other cities have been ordered to [...]... read more
The Iranian Judiciary reportedly ordered the Rasht court last week to postpone a verdict in the apostasy trial of Christian Pastor and convert Youcef Nadarkhani.
The Judiciary’s order came after Nadarkhani’s case provoked international outcry. Human rights groups and several foreign governments have criticized Iranian authorities for their blatant violation of religious freedom and potential abuse of the death penalty.... read more
As international protests mount against the possible execution of Youcef Naderkhani, a Christian pastor who has refused to repent of his Christian faith, Iran's state-supported Fars News Agency claimed on Friday, 30 September that Youcef Naderkhani's charges are "rape" and "repeated extortion." ... read more
In his last court session on Wednesday, 28 September, Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, charged with apostasy and sentenced to execution, refused to repent of his Christian faith despite the judge’s repeated requests. Youcef Nadarkhani’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, expressed hope that the court would eventually declare his client innocent. As he told the International Campaign [...]... read more
In this week's Weekly Rights Podcast: the final trial session for the three American hikers, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sara Shourd has taken place; the Campaign published a report entitled, Raising Their Voices: Iranian Civil Society Reactions to the Military Option; the Campaign interviewed the head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi; the father of imprisoned student activist Zia Nabavi expresses concern for his situation; the Supreme Court read more
The Supreme Court of Qom Province issued an official verdict in the apostasy case of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, ruling that the lower criminal court and the appeals courts did not provide adequate background information as to whether or not Nadarkhani was ever actually a declared and practicing Muslim. In turn, the Supreme Court remanded the case to the Eleventh Branch of the Criminal Court of Gilan Province for a more rigorous factual investigation.... read more
In this week's Weekly Rights Podcast: more than 50 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been put on visa restriction lists by the US and UK; the son of political prisoner Heshmatollah Tabarzadi tells the Campaign of concern for Tabarzadi's health; Hossein Ronaghi Maleki's father is concerned for his son's health in prison; 25 prisoners were hanged in Ghezel Hessar Prison in another secret execution; a popular Iranian actor is arrested by security officials before going to Germany ... read more
Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, lawyer for Youcef Nadarkhani, a Protestant Christian pastor charged with apostasy, refuted reports by some media outlets that his client's death sentence has been upheld. "Fortunately, on Tuesday, 27 June, Youcef Nadarkhani's death sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court in Qom and it is on hold until Mr. Nadarkhani repents [i.e. renounces his Christianity]. But still, in this ruling it has been stipulated that in case Nadarkhani does not repent, his case file ... read more
On 14 May 2011 the Revolutionary Court of the northern city of Bandar Anzali acquitted twelve Protestant Christians of the specific charge of “forming a society with the intent of disrupting national security.”... read more
(4 May 2011) Iranian authorities should end the judicial persecution of members of the evangelical protestant Church of Iran and other churches, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Specifically, the Campaign appeals to Iran’s Judiciary to overturn criminal sentences of church members including a death sentence for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and prison term for Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani.
“Iranian authorities must stop targeting religious ... read more
(7 December 2010) The Supreme Court of Iran should immediately reverse the apostasy conviction and death sentence of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and release him from prison, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
said today. The judiciary should also release another pastor, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, who faces a similar prosecution.
Nadarkhani, who became a Christian at age 19, is a member of the Church of Iran ministry and the pastor of an approximately ... read more