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Christians arrested in Iran

Iran: Families fear for latest 5 Christians arrested (Aug 2016)

UPDATE (18 Oct 2016) Two of the five Iranian Christians arrested during a trip to the Alborz Mountains north-east of Tehran in August have been released on bail, though three are still being detained.

Mohammad Dehnavi, Hadi Asgari, Amin Afshar Naderi, Ramil Bet-Tamraz and Amir Dashti went together with their wives to Firuzkuh north of Tehran to go fishing and have a picnic. At about 1.30pm security officials from the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) raided the picnic and separated the men from the women. Amin Nader Afshar asked to see the arrest warrant, which the officials did not produce, and Amin was then beaten. More +


 Kuwa Shamal and Hassa Taour

Sudan Church Leaders Face Execution for Acts of Kindness (Aug 2016)

UPDATE (28 Dec 2016) At the hearing on 26 Dec 2016 the prosecution closed their case. Today the judge will question the defendants to determine whether to proceed with the trial. More +

UPDATE (Aug 2016) Prosecutor demands ‘harshest punishment’ for pastors. More +

Prison authorities fail to transport clergymen to hearing - next hearing set for 21 Aug 2016. More+

Sudan Church Leaders Face Execution For Faith And Dissent (Aug 2016)
Reverends Hassan Abduraheem and Kuwa Shamal, who were held "in cramped police holding cells for several months" face their first trial hearing Sunday, August 14. More +

Sudan Releases One Church Leader While One Remains Imprisoned
 (May 2016) Sudanese Christians rejoice at the news of the release of one Christian leader from prison in Khartoum, while another pastor who was arrested one week later remains in custody. Sudanese authorities released Telahoon "Telal" Nogossi Kassa Rata on May 10, according to sources close to the case. Rata never faced charges and remained in solitary confinement for nearly five months, having been granted only two brief visits with family during that time. Sudan continues to hold Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Taour without charge after his arrest on 21 Dec 2015. More +

Jubilee Campaign Report regarding imprisonment of Sudanese pastors

 Omar Mohammed Bataweel

Young man in Yemen abducted and murdered for atheist 'apostasy' (April 2016)

Omar Mohammad Bataweel, a young man from Aden in Yemen, has been abducted and murdered, possibly for apostasy, after he wrote posts on social media that appeared to criticise extremism in Islam. He was shot dead after he wrote some posts that seemed critical of Islam on Facebook.  More +


Asia Bibi

Supreme Court Stays Asia Bibi's Execution (July 2015)

Supreme Court stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. Bibi, a mother of five, has been in prison since 2010. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court granted leave to appeal to Aasia Bibi and stated that it is essential to examine her case for administration of justice. Further, the apex court suspended the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) which had upheld her death sentence. An objection was raised by the SC over the 11-day- delay in filing the appeal. However, it said that this objection would be taken up in the next hearing of the case. More +

Asia Bibi's appeal was denied (Oct 2014) by the Lahore High Court. Nearly 2,000 mullahs gathered outside the courthouse to pressure the judges, and an Islamic cleric set a half-million rupee ($5,000) bounty on Asia's head. After hearing the outcome of her appeal, Asia said, "Please do something. It's been so long and I want to be with my children." – The Voice of the Martyrs
Asia Bibi, a wife and mother, defended her faith against mocking co-workers who tried to make her convert to Islam. She was later convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death. In Pakistan, more than 150,000 Christians have signed a petition demanding justice for persecution victims, including Asia Bibi. We hope to gather one million signatures on behalf of our sister Asia, who now sits in prison awaiting the Lahore High Court's ruling on her appeal. Please visit www.CallForMercy.com to sign the petition. More +


 Three bloggers killed by Islamist radicals

Islamists Hack Another Secular Writer to Death in Bangladesh (May 2015)

For the third time this year, Islamist radicals in Bangladesh hacked a secular writer to death in public. Four masked men chased down Ananta Bijoy Das Tuesday morning as Das left his home in Sylhet. "Ananta died on the spot," Metropolitan Police Commissioner Kamrul Hasan told the Daily Star. "Ananta was an organiser of local progressive publication outlet Jukti (logic) and a relentless writer on science." Das was 31. More +


Kabul Mob Attack: Women help bury 'wrongly accused' Farkhunda (March 2015)

A 27-year old woman Farkhunda was killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge.  A mob, largely made up of men, attacked the woman with sticks and stones, beating her to death before setting her body on fire, while police reportedly looked on. Her coffin was carried by women, marking a break with Afghan funeral customs. Hundreds of people attended her funeral, demanding her killers be punished. Farkhunda had been accused of burning the Koran, but an official investigator said there was no evidence for this.  More +
Update: 26 have been arrested

 Bishoy Armia

Minya Misdemeanor Court considers Mohamed Hiajazi "Bishoy" (Nov 2014)

An Egyptian prosecutor on Friday ordered the detention for two weeks of a Coptic Christian activist and journalist arrested on suspicion of inciting religious strife, state media reported.

Bishoy Armia, a convert to Christianity, made headlines in 2008 when he lobbied to have his religion changed from Islam on his national identification card.He was reported to have been working for a U.S.-based Christian television station when he was arrested last week in the southern province of Minya. A prosecutor there ordered him detained for 15 days for questioning on suspicion of inciting "chaos and sectarian strife", the official MENA news agency reported.  More +

Behnam Irani

Pastor Behnam Irani Spared the Death Penalty - Sentenced to Six Additional Years (Oct 2014)

Pastor Behnam Irani and two other members of the "Church of Iran" were spared the death penalty after the charge of "spreading corruption on Earth" was dropped in exchange for new charges that add six years to their prison sentences. Pastor Irani began serving a six-year sentence in May 2011 and is now expected to serve a total of 12 years. He is being moved to a new prison in Zabol, near the Afghanistan border, which will make it difficult for his family to visit. The two other imprisoned Christians, Abdolreza Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, are being moved to Minab, in the south of Iran. – The Voice of the Martyrs

Behnam Irani, a 41-year-old pastor from Karaj, Iran, Forced to Serve Five Years (Sept 2013)

Behnam Irani, a 41-year-old pastor from Karaj, Iran, was convicted of crimes against national security in January 2011 and sentenced to one year in prison. After voluntarily surrendering to authorities on May 31 to begin his sentence, he learned that he would be forced to serve five years in connection with a previous conviction.  More +


Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

ISIS Publicly Executes Leading Lawyer and Human Rights Activist in Iraq (Sept 2014)

ISIS militants have publically executed Samira Salih al-Nuaimi, a leading lawyer and human rights activist, who the terror group claimed that had abandoned Islam.

Al-Nuaimi was kidnapped by ISIS (also known as Islamic State) on 17 September after she allegedly criticised the militant group's destruction of places of worship in Mosul, Iraq, since it had taken control of the city, in comments posted on Facebook. More +


Woman in Yemen Burned to Death for Her Faith (Aug 2014)

On the morning of 9 June 2014 in southern Yemen, Saeed woke to the sound of screaming. He shot out of bed, pushed panicked family members aside and saw his wife stumbling out of their kitchen, engulfed in flames. His wife, Nazeera, had been preparing breakfast at about 9am when she poured liquid from a cooking oil bottle into a hot pan. The liquid flashed, and the bottle exploded. While her four children watched, screaming, Nazeera was being burned alive. Her brother and brother-in-law are said to have sabotaged the cooking oil bottle. More +


Additional Cases:

A Thousand Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for Online Saudi Arabian Activist (May 2014)

Release Sawan Masih and Repeal Blasphemy Laws (March 2014)

Court Convicts Christian Teacher for Blasphemy (June 2013)

Journalist Hiding in Germany (June 2013)

Syrian Teenager Mohammad Qataa Executed by Islamists for Blasphemy (June 2013)

Christian Widow in Somalia Killed Four Months after Husband Slain (April 2013)

Jailed Saudi Blogger Hamza Kashgari Is Freed (Oct 2013)

Nadarkhani Free, but Iran’s Jails Hold Many More Christians (Sept 2012)

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Jailed in Iran for Three Years Is Freed (Sept 2012)

Muslim Extremists in Uganda Throw Acid on Bishop (Dec 2011)

Interview with Nagla Al-Imam in Masbiro after 29 Christian protesters were killed (Nov 2011, Arabic)

Convert Jamaa Ait Bakrim Serving 15 Years for His Faith in Istanbul (Sept 2010)

Nagla Al-Imam - Inspirational Courage of Christian Lawyers (2009-2010)

Interview with Nagla Al-Imam (July 2010)

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