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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Parvaneh Sarabadi, a convert to Christianity from Islam who is now living in Sweden, fears being deported back to Iran where probable persecution awaits her. “Converting from Islam to any religion in Iran is considered apostasy and is punishable by death. If these Christians are deported to Iran, there are concerns that they will be treated as apostates,” Mohabat News reports.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed, an American sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, broke down while testifying on Capitol Hill last week, saying she has no heart to tell their kids that daddy might never survive if the government fails to protect him, the Christian Post reports. Saeed grew up in Iran and converted to Christianity at age 20. Now living in the States with US citizenship, he has continued to travel back to Iran to see family and conduct Christian charity work. He was arrested in July while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project, though the underlining reason for his arrest was for his Christian faith and activities.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Three Iranian Christians were released from prison on bail Tuesday after spending five months behind bars, Bos News Life reports. Other Christians, including Pastor Behnam Irani who is suffering from health problems, remain behind bars.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed, an American sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, is on her way to Washington to press lawmakers to fight for her husband's freedom, Fox News reports. “He has been in that brutal prison long enough. He hasn’t broken any laws. It’s not just Saeed, there are many others. They are being persecuted because of their beliefs, and I hope this hearing sheds light on other cases as well,” Naghmeh told Fox News.
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
The asylum applications of two Iranian Christians living in Sweden were denied and there is fear that the men will be deported back to Iran where probable persecution awaits them. “Converting from Islam to any religion in Iran is considered apostasy and is punishable by death. If these Christians are deported to Iran, there are concerns that they will be treated as apostates,” Mohabat News reports.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Five converts to Christianity who were arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in Shiraz, Iran were issued exorbitant bail terms when appearing in court on Monday, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports. The Revolutionary Court set the bail for one of the Christians, Mohammed Roghangir, at $200,000, while the bail for the others was $20,000 each. “Iranian authorities continue to characterize legitimate religious activities as crimes against the state," said CSW advocacy director Andrew Johnston.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Five converts to Christianity who were arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz are scheduled to begin trail in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, Fox News reports. The Christians were charged with disturbing public order, evangelizing, threatening national security and engaging in Internet activity that threatens the government, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. The Christians may face a lengthy prison term.
Sunday, March 10th, 2013
The Christian population in Iraq has been cut in half since 2003 as a result of war and rising persecution. The same appears to now be occurring in Syria. “In Turkey, the Christian population has dwindled from 2 million at the end of World War I to less than 100,000 today,” Peter J Leithart writes for First Things. “In Jordan half a century ago 18 percent of the population was Christian. Today 2 percent of Jordanians are Christian.” Though hundreds of thousands of Christians are fleeing their ancient homeland, there are thousands of Muslims converting to Christianity daily throughout the region, Leithart writes.
Sunday, March 10th, 2013
An Iranian Christian convert from Islam seeking asylum in Holland was murdered on February 18, Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN) reports. It is unclear whether the murder was persecution related, but converts to Christianity are often harassed and sometimes killed by Muslims in the Middle East for leaving Islam. “The shocking news of this senseless murder has brought grief and sorrow to the local Christians, Iranian-Christian community, and asylum seekers across the country,” reported FCNN.
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Naghmeh, the wife of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor recently sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, tells their story on the Jay Sekulow show. “She described how Saeed’s wrongful imprisonment in Iran for his faith has affected their family and how the support of hundreds of thousands across the globe has meant so much to their family,” the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reports. Click here to hear the interview.
Friday, March 8th, 2013
Five Iranian Christians will appear in court March 10 on charges of proselytizing and acting against national security, among other, the Christian Post reports. "Once again Iranian Christians face charges couched in political terms that in reality stem from their choice of faith and desire to exercise the right to worship in community with others,” said Andrew Johnston, advocacy director for Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
The health of pastor Benham Irani, who was arrested in 2006 and sentenced to six years imprisonment in Iran for his faith, is quickly deteriorating, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports. Irani has reportedly been denied medical treatment and there is grave concern that his life could be endangered if he is not released soon.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Shahrzad, a 25-year-old woman, and Sam, 27, have been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for more than 50 days, Bos News Life reports. The Christians were reportedly charged with the "formation and promotion of house churches and holding gatherings intended for committing crimes." It is uncertain when they will be released. “Iranian Christians say the detentions are aimed at intimidating the growing house church movement and an attempt by the government to halt the spread of Christianity in the country, where at least 100,000 evangelical believers have been reported,” reports Bos News Life.
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Saeed Abedini, an American pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith in Iran, said he is enduring “horrific pressures” to renounce his faith in Christ, Saeed’s supporters told Fox News. “My eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky,” Saeed recently wrote to his family. "They are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me.”
Sunday, February 24th, 2013
In this article, Fox News brings us an inside report on Iran’s infamous Evin Prison, where “beatings, torture, mock executions and brutal interrogations are the norm.” Christians, who have been arrested for nothing more than their faith in Christ, make up some of the prison’s estimated 15,000 inmates, who also include killers, thieves, and rapists. It is possible that Evin may also be the home of American Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini for the next eight years, who was recently given the sentence for his Christian activities in the country.
Saturday, February 16th, 2013
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) calls for action in this Washington Post op-ed to save Saeed Abedini, an American pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for his faith in Iran. The article details Pastor Saeed’s imprisonment and his sham trial, conducted “in secret” by Iran’s infamous “hanging judge” who engaged in spreading lies about the case. More importantly, the article offers ways for you to help save Saeed (also go to SaveSaeed.org).
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Supporters of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who was sentenced by an Iranian court to eight years in prison for his faith, have asked the United Nations to take up his cause, Fox News reports. “By bringing his story before a global audience, it's our hope that member states and other organizations will become a strong voice for Pastor Saeed – raising the visibility of this troubling case and putting additional pressure on Iran to free him,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Saeed Abedini, an American pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for his faith in Iran, is being tortured in prison, the American Center of Law and Justice (ACLJ) reports. “When I heard this from my husband, I cried. It broke my heart," the pastor’s wife told the ACLJ. "Behind those walls he feels helpless and relies on us to be his voice… Please help me make sure he is never forgotten."
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Saeed Abedini, an American pastor sentenced to eight years in prison for his faith in Iran, fears that the international community has forgotten him. “A troubling report that the guards are trying to take away his hope - by feeding him false information about his fate - trying to convince him that no one cares… is predictable but also very tragic,” Jordan Sekulow, executive director for ACLJ, told Fox News.
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
On the day he was confirmed as Secretary of State, John Kerry condemned Iran for imprisoning Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, who was sentenced this week to eight years in prison for evangelizing, Fox News reports. “We remain deeply concerned about the fairness and transparency of Mr. Abedini's trial,” Kerry said. “I, along with the U.S. government, condemn Iran's continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion and call on the Iranian authorities to respect Mr. Abedini's human rights and release him.”
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
The case of Pastor Saeed, imprisoned in Iran and recently sentenced to eight more years, is a tragic one. Iran has shown their true colors, yet again, in their violation of human rights, international law and religious freedom. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow says it well: “Here’s the troubling reality: we have a U.S. citizen, who has been beaten and tortured since him imprisonment last fall, now facing eight years in Evin Prison, one of the most brutal prisons in Iran. A harsh sentence in a notorious prison – likely facing life-threatening torture and abuse at the hands of the Iranian regime. Simply because of his Christian faith.”
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who was arrested in Iran last July, was sentenced to eight years in prison for participating in underground church movements. "I am devastated for my husband and my family. We must now pursue every effort, turn every rock, and not stop until Saeed is safely on American soil," said Naghmeh, his wife and mother of their two children.
Sunday, January 27th, 2013
The US was recently urged to intervene for Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who was arrested in Iran in July for converting to Christianity. Saeed’s punishment could be the death penalty.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
A recently released 73-page report titled, ‘The Cost of Faith: Persecution of Christian Protestants and Converts in Iran,’ shows a “pattern of rights violations that extends to all walks of life for Protestant converts in Iran.” The report, released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, goes on to describe the violations as “severe restrictions on religious practice and association, arbitrary arrests and detentions for practicing their faith, and violations of the right to life through state execution for apostasy and extrajudicial killings.”
Friday, January 25th, 2013
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who was arrested in July for converting to Christianity, is reportedly missing from jail, his family told the American Center for Law and Justice. “The fact that his whereabouts are unknown to his family and attorney is cause for concern,” Jordan Sekulow told Fox News.
Friday, January 25th, 2013
“As her husband's trial and possible death sentence looms, the wife of an American Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran for evangelizing clings to hope and prays for a miracle,” Fox News reports. Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who was arrested in July for converting to Christianity, sits in an Iranian court awaiting his trial, a punishment of which may carry the death penalty.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
(International Christian Concern) – Christians around the world are praying for the ongoing trial of Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who faces charges of undermining the Iranian government by allegedly turning people away from Islam – a charge that can attract death penalty. The verdict can be expected next week.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who converted to Christianity, sits in an Iranian court awaiting his trial, a punishment of which may carry the death penalty. “[Abedini’s] judge is nicknamed the ‘hanging judge,’ and he has a reputation for doling out especially harsh sentences. He has been known to issue death sentences to mere protesters and political dissidents,” The Washington Times reports.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who converted to Christianity, will appear in court next week on charges that could carry the death penalty, The Associated Press reports. In a recent statement, the US State Department declared that the pastor was arrested solely for his religious convictions, yet the US government has yet to call for his release.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
“An Iranian-American who will go on trial in Iran on Monday (Jan. 21) for apostasy, or leaving Islam, has been beaten and threatened with the death penalty during interrogation,” Morning Star News reports. The pastor is scheduled to appear in court next week on charges of compromising national security. In a recent statement, the US State Department declared that the pastor was arrested solely for his religious convictions, yet the US government has yet to call for his release.