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Martyred and Imprisoned Iranian ChristiansMartyred & Imprisoned Christian Leaders in Iran

  • A Documentary Film on the Untold Story of Religious Freedom In Iran

  • 2014 - March 21 - UN reports at least 49 Christians being held in Iranians jails as of January 2014"
  • 2013 - October 21 - Pastor Eddie Romero - Tonight, at about 10:30PM (9:00AM Tehran time) Pastor Eddie Romero approached the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran and made a declaration of protest on behalf of five Iranian prisoners: Farshid Fathi, Saeed Abedini, Mostafa Bordbar, Alireza Seyyedian, and Mohammed Ali Dadkhah. For more information go to: exodus8one.org
  • 2013 - October 5 - Maryam Naghash-Zargaran - Maryam (aka Nasim) an Iranian Christian Prisoner in Evin Prison was Transferred to Hospital
  • 2013 - April 11 - Pastor Saeed Abedini - Sentenced to 8 years in Prison in January 2013 - Send msg & sign Petition
  • 2012 - October 12 - Pastor Behnam irani and 7 members of Church of Shiraz arrested
  • 2012 - September 8 - Iran: Pastor Nadarkhani Released, Acquitted Of Apostasy
  • 2012 - February 22 - Iranian Authorities Order Death Warrant for Pastor Nadarkhani
  • 2012 - February 22 - Christians in Isfahan face increasing pressure and arrests - 78 year old Giti Hakimpour arrested
  • 2012 - January - The Governor General of Tehran Province, Morteza Tamadon, acknowledged in a statement on 4th January that a number of evangelical Christians had been arrested. He referred to their 'corrupting' influence and warned that further arrests are imminent.
  • 2011 - December - Alireza Seyyedian - Alireza a Follower of Jesus since 2006, was arrested and sentenced to six years in December 2011. He is kept in the section 350 of Evin Prison where political prisoners are held.
  • 2011 - December - 60+ Iranian Christians arrested on the eve of Christmas
  • 2011 - List of Other Iranian Christians Imprisoned
  • 2011 - September - Mehdi "Petros" Foroutan, a 27-year-old pastor in Iran, was arrested in January 2010 and charged with crimes against national security and blasphemy against Islam. (as of 2/24/2012 - 154 days in Prison)
  • 2011 - May - Behnam Irani, a 41-year-old pastor from Kraj, Iran, was convicted of crimes against national security in January 2011 and sentenced to one year in prison. After voluntarily surrendering to authorities on May 31 to begin his sentence, he learned that he would be forced to serve five years in connection with a previous conviction.
  • 2011 - Rev. Behrooz Khanjani trial hearing on 4/5/2001, He is married with a 6 yo child and has already spent over 8 months in prison
  • 2011 - Rev. Leonard Keshishian, the pastor of the Assemblies of God Church in Isfahan has been arrested
  • 2010 - December 26 - Farshid Fathi - was arrested on Dec. 26, 2010 in a wave of arrests of believers in Tehran and other areas. He was sentenced to six years of imprisonment on March 5, 2012. Farshid's appeal against the charges was rejected in June 2012. He is due to serve the rest of his sentence in Evin Prison.
  • 2010 - Over 70 Iranian Christians were arrested during Christmas Holidays. The Governor of Tehran has vowed to arrest more evangelical Christians.
  • 2010 - Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani - Gilan, Iran - arrested & imprisioned for the crime of Apostasy
  • 2010 - October - a young believer has died in Iran after he had been severely beaten by a relative who objected to his strong faith in Christ. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. (Reported by Elam)
  • 2010 - September 23, Nine followers of Jesus were detained in Hamedan, the capital of Hamadan province, on charges of evangelism, which potentially carries the death penalty under strict laws in Iran.
        - According to a report by FCNN (Farsi Christian News Network), 4 followers of Jesus Christ from Hamadan were arrested on September 4, 2010. Three of them were released on April 30, 2011, after 8 months in prison (Arezoo Teymouri & her husband Arash Karmanjai and Sonia Keshish Ovanesian). Vahid Abrahemian is still under arrest as of April 30, 2011.
  • 2010 - July 24 at 9:00 p.m., 27-year-old Neshan Saeedi was spending a quiet evening at home with his wife and young daughter when plain-clothes security forces entered his house and arrested him. The security officers searched the home and seized personal belongings such as a computer, CDs containing films of Christian seminars and teachings, Christian books and Bibles, and family photo albums. As of September 09, 2010 - there is no information about the condition of Neshan.
  • 2010 - July 18, 15 Christians detained in Mashhad,Iran's second largest city, remain detained and are "under pressure pressure to recant their faith but are refusing to do so." - (Reported by The Voice of the Martyrs)
  • 2010 - April 29, Ali Golchin (29), has been held in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison since he was arrested in his home town of Varamin on April 29. After weeks of appealing to the authorities, Ali's father was finally allowed access to him on June 17 -- though they were allowed only 10 minutes together. Ali was released on bail on July 25.
  • 2009 - December 7, Home Church Leaders Davood Irani & Wife arrested in Shiraz
  • 2009 - Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh - Arrested for passing out Bibles and talking about Jesus in Tehran
  • 2009 - October, Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani - Held in prison in Shiraz, Iran - has been given limited contact with his family and his attorney.
    2008 - on September 11, 2008 "Iran Parliament Approves Death Penalty for Apostasy Bill"
  • 2008 - Sakineh Rahnama), August 3, wife of Abbas Amiri, died from injuries sustained when secret police raided a house church service hosted at their house and severly beat her.
  • 2008 - Abbas Amiri), August 1, House Church Isfahan, died from injuries sustained when secret police raided a house church service hosted at their house and severly beat him.
  • 2007 - On April 18 2007 three members of Malatya Church in Turkey were murdered; Pastor Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske & Ugur Yuksel. The first martyrs of the modern Turkish Church.
  • 2007 - In June, a number of Iranian Christians have been arrested and are held in unknown places, including Mr. fard from Tehran.
  • 2007 - Mohammad Ali Jafarzadeh, May 2007, Executed (hanged) in Evin Prison
  • 2007 - Mohammad Jaberi, May 2007, Executed (hanged) in Evin Prison
  • 2007 - Mr. Patrick, an Iranian Christian and a member of Church of Kermanshah was arrested in May.
  • 2007 - Several Iranian Christians from Church of Mashhad were arrested in February.
  • 2006 - 14 Iranian Christians from Church of Rasht were arrested in December.
  • 2006 - Iranian secret police began to raid and arrest leaders of the Islamic republic's indigenous "Jesus Only" movement Sunday December 10, arriving unannounced in the early morning hours to search their homes in Tehran, Karaj, Rasht and Bandar-i Anzali.
  • 2005 - Pastor Ghorbandordi Tourani - Iranian House Church Leader murdered near his house in Gonbad-e Kavous, November 22
  • 2004 - Pastor Hamid Pourmand - arrested ... sentenced to 3 years in prison ... charged with apostasy ... acquitted of apostasy ...
  • 2004 - 80 Iranian Christians Arrested, September 2004
  • 2004 - Pastor Khosroo Yusefi and his family arrested by Iranian Police on Sunday May 23, 2004
  • 2003 - International Religious Freedom Report on Iran
  • 1996 - Rev. Bagher Yusefi, Murdered Sept. 28 1996, Assembly of God Church of Amirkola, Mazanderan
  • 1994 - Rev. Tateos Mikaelian, June 29 1994, Presbyterian Church of Tehran
  • 1994 - Rev. Mehdi Dibaj, Hanged from a tree June 1994, Assembly of God Church of Tehran
  • 1994 - Bishop Haik Hovsepian, Mudered January 1994, Assembly of God Church of Tehran
  • 1990 - Rev. Hossein Soodmand, Executed December 1990, Assembly of God Church of Mashhad
  • 1988 - Rev. Manuchehr Afghani, Presbyterian Church of Tehran
  • 1980 - Bahram Deghani-Tafti, Murdered May 1980, Church of Isfahan, Son of an Anglican Bishop Hassan Dehqani-Tafti
  • 1979 - Rev. Arastoo Sayyah - Murdered February 1979 - Angelican Church of Shiraz
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  • 3 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Iran & Church of Iran - ۳ روز دعا و روزه براى ايران و كليساى ايران

  • In response to alarming increase in persecution of Christians in Iran and the imminent passing of a law making the death sentence mandatory for all Muslim men who turn to Christ and life imprisonment for Muslim women who turn to Christ, Iranian church leaders are calling for prayer and fasting from November 21 23, 2008. For more information visit www.madeye18.com

  • A new draft law proposes death penalty for apostasy in Iran
    Voice of the Martyrs' Canada reports that the Iranian Parliament is reviewing a bill that calls for the death penalty for apostasy.

    According to policy watchdogs, the draft law is clearly aimed at deterring conversion from Islam. In the proposed legislation is a redefining of an apostate as "any Muslim who clearly announces that he/she has left Islam and declares blasphemy."

    The proposal breaches Article 18 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although Iran has agreed to the principle that "everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief," this latest bill seems to affirm a different direction in the Islamic Republic.

    It also alarms the pundits. One published analysis indicates the law gives the regime global jurisdiction, holding groups accountable around the globe for differing from the regime on religious issues.

    That would seem to target Christians. They make up less than one-half of one percent of the population. Open witness to Muslims is banned. Believers are also discriminated against in education, employment, and property ownership, and several pastors have been murdered.

    Although missions are not allowed to enter Iran, many are coming to Christ. Pray for strength, wisdom, and grace for Iranian Christians as they continue to spread the Gospel despite sustained pressure from the Islamic government of the nation.

  • Hanged for being a Christian in Iran - Telegraph - Oct 11, 2008
    A month ago (September 2008), the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.

    Imposing the death penalty for changing religion blatantly violates one of the most fundamental of all human rights. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in the European Convention of Human Rights. It is even enshrined as Article 23 of Iran's own constitution, which states that no one may be molested simply for his beliefs.

    And yet few politicians or clerics in Iran see any contradiction between a law mandating the death penalty for changing religion and Iran's constitution. There has been no public protest in Iran against it.

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