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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
The decision to deport Reza Jebbari, an Iranian Christian convert, back to Iran was overturned Wednesday by the Swedish government, CBN reports. Reza will be allowed to stay in Sweden for now and will reportedly be given a new hearing. If Reza had been deported, it is likely that he would be imprisoned or worse by the Iranian government. Last month, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, said that more than 300 Christians have been imprisoned in Iran since mid-2010. Most of those Christians were imprisoned for being apostates (Christian converts from Islam).
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Despite applying for asylum in Sweden, an Iranian who converted to Christianity during a visit to Azerbaijan in 2010 faces imminent deportation back to his homeland, CBN reports. Last month, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, said that more than 300 Christians have been imprisoned in Iran since mid-2010. Most of those Christians were imprisoned for being apostates (Christian converts from Islam).
Today, more than 20 Iranian Christians are behind bars in Iran for nothing more than their Christian faith and activities. “If they force [him] back to Iran and he is harmed--or even killed-- his blood will be on [Sweden’s] hands,” Gary Lane writes for CBN.
Monday, April 11th, 2011
A Christian convert and former imam must be deported back to Iraq, a Swedish court has decided. His deportation may mean imprisonment upon arrival to his homeland.
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
“Swedish immigration officials have been deporting Iraqi refugees to Baghdad on flights about every three weeks, declaring that some of them have no legitimate claim to political asylum in Sweden. That includes Iraqi Christians — a category that does not automatically imply a risk of persecution, according to Swedish guidelines,” reports Time Magazine.
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
An Amnesty International report has called-out five European countries for breaking international law by refusing asylum to Iraqis and forcing them to return to their unstable homeland. Among these Iraqis are Christians who are without security and have suffered greatly because of their faith under Islamic sectarian violence.
Friday, February 26th, 2010
Sweden is forcing Iraqi Christian refugees to leave its country. This will put the lives of Iraqi Christians in greater danger.
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
"The Swedish Parliament is reviewing an essential ban on homeschooling. We have heard that other homeschooling families in Sweden are having more difficulty with local officials. We fear that all homeschooling families in Sweden are at risk in what could be the beginning of a widespread persecution."
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Sweden deported Iraqi refugees, including Christians, back to their country. The illegal deportation endangers the lives of the deportees.
Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Sweden is sending back some Iraqi refugees to their country. Most of the expelled refugees are Christians who face danger to their lives in Iraq.
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have left their homes due to the persecution they faced in their country. Some of them have settled in Western countries such as Sweden.
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
Sweden used to open its door to Iraqi refugees, including to many Iraqi Christians. But recently the country is closing its doors to the refugees.This is causing enormous difficulty to the Iraqis and the government of Sweden should consider giving asylum to them. At the same time, countries such as United States and Britain should start accepting more Iraqi refugees into their countries.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country’s Christians have been going through unprecedented persecution due to their faith in Jesus Christ. The government of Sweden has been welcoming the persecuted Iraqis into the country. This commendable act of the Swedish government should be emulated by other countries too.
Sunday, April 27th, 2008
Iraqi Christians and other Iraqi refugees are heading towards Sweden seeking Asylum. But the country is sending back refugees to Iraqi due to huge financial burden on its social services. It is time that other Western countries open up their doors to Iraqi refugees.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
Reports from Iraq tell of a great number of killings, kidnappings, rapes, forced conversions and evictions.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Just last year 1,052 refugees came to Södertälje. The Swedish Migration Authority says the municipality will receive at least 2,000 more Iraqi refugees this year.
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
This is the second in a Catholic series on religious freedom in Europe.
Monday, May 8th, 2006
Three would-be jihadis were arrested for plotting to a terror attack against a Christian minister in Sweden. One of those arrested was the founder of the Islamist web forum Mujahedon.net
Friday, December 9th, 2005
Pastor who had denounced homosexual behavior in a sermon is acquitted of "hate speech" charges in a unanimous decision by the Swedish Supreme Court.
Monday, February 14th, 2005
Religious Liberty Victory in Sweden