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July 2021
News > International

Iran: Christian convert with Parkinson’s faces prison

An Iranian Christian convert from Islam, who has Parkinson’s disease, faces a jail sentence along with his wife because they belong to a house church in Iran. Homayoun Zhaveh, who is 62, and his wife Sara Ahmadi, 42, were sentenced in November 2020 to two and 11 years in prison, respectively for membership and…

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June 2021
News > International

Iran: Four Christian converts arrested by intelligence services

Four Christians in Iran who converted from Islam have been arrested by the Iranian intelligence services, according to reports. One of the men was beaten, and others were physically assaulted while in a detention facility. The four men – Esmaeil Narimanpour, Mohammad Ali Torabi, Alireza Varak-Shah and Hojat Lotfi-Khalaf – were later released. Following…

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February 2019
News > International > Persecution

Iran: More than 100 Christians arrested amidst Govt crackdown

More than 100 Christians have been arrested in Iran in just one week and ordered to cut all contact with religious groups and house churches. They were detained by Iranian authorities, questioned on their involvement in Christian activities, and told to expect a call from Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. Christian charity Open Doors UK,…

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September 2017
Articles > World Mission

Farsi media ministry

Farsi is the language of Iran, much of Afghanistan and neighbouring communities, totalling about 110 million Farsi-speakers. Except in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, Farsi is written in a modified Arabic script. Although many words have been borrowed from Arab neighbours, Farsi’s roots go back to the Indo-European language family, just like English.…

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December 2013
Iran

An Iranian finds Christ

Saeed Mokhlessi writes: I was born in Iran in a fairly devout Muslim family. From an early age, we were taught the basic principles of Islam and I was encouraged to believe and obey them. I remember, from the age of 4 or 5 I used to get excited when the month of Ramadan…

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May 2013
Iran

Growing pressures in Azerbaijan

Churches in Azerbaijan are facing increasing pressure due to government fears of religious extremism. A fact-finding trip by Release International discovered many churches are being denied official registration under tough new regulations.      But, despite the increasing pressures faced by Christians in the former Soviet republic, the church is growing.      Release, which serves…

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June 2012
News

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan A court in Azerbaijan has ruled to close down Greater Grace Protestant Church in Baku, according to a report from Christian advocacy organisation Release International. This is believed to be the first forced liquidation of a religious group in the country since a tough new Religion Law was passed in 2009. Andy Dipper,…

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