Maryam Naghash Zargaran is being detained unjustly by the Iranian authorities because of her Christian faith and is being denied urgently needed medical treatment. She was arrested for her work at an orphanage alongside Iranian-American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. She is serving out a four year term but suffers from heart disease and her condition is deteriorating. Iran continuously violates religious freedoms and imprisons Christians for their faith.
06/02/2017 Iran (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom) – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly urges the Iranian government to release Maryam Naghash Zargaran from prison. Not only has she been detained unjustly because of her Christian faith, but the Iranian authorities have denied her urgently needed medical care. On this day last year, Maryam launched a hunger strike, sadly one of many, to protest the authorities’ disregard of her medical needs and refusal to grant her conditional release or medical leave.
“For more than four years, Maryam Naghash Zargaran has suffered in an Iranian prison, falsely charged with ‘propagating against the Islamic regime and collusion intended to harm national security’,” said USCIRF Commissioner Clifford D. May. “The Iranian government must cease its targeting of Christians and release Maryam and other religious prisoners of conscience. They should be honored for their contributions to society rather than penalized for who they are or what they believe.”
Commissioner Clifford D. May has taken up the case of Maryam Naghash Zargaran as part of USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. This project highlights the plight of individuals who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs, practices, or identity.