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Maryam Naghash Zargaran is an Iranian convert from Islam who in 2013 was arrested alongside Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini for “violating national security.” Despite completing her four year sentence and being released earlier this month, Naghash Zargaran’s freedom to leave the country has been restricted for at least six months. She also suffers from a severe heart condition. Iranian authorities relentlessly target religious minorities, and converts to Christianity are especially at risk for prolonged detention, torture, and executions.

08/24/2017 Iran (Premier Christian Radio) – A Christian convert released from prison in Iran has been slapped with a travel ban.

Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released from prison earlier this month having served a full four year sentence for allegedly engaging in Christian missionary activities and charged with “acting against national security”.

According to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Maryam has been banned from leaving Iran for six months.

The 39-year-old children’s music teacher told the organisation that she wanted to go in front of the prison and sit there in protest until the ban was removed, but was worried about what would happen to her family.

She said: “With the completion of my sentence, there’s no reason for me to be banned from traveling abroad. It’s against the law.”

Maryam began her sentence in July 2013 for her work on an orphanage with former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini.

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