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Iranian Christians

Four Iranian Christians set to begin ten-year prison sentences (June 2018)

(From Left: Saheb Fadaie, Youcef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Mohammad Reza Omidi)

The four Iranian Christians who saw their ten-year prison sentences upheld by an appeal court earlier this month are expecting to have to report to prison any day now. More +

Simput Dafup - Nabila Umar Sanda

Nigerian student arrested after converting from Islam to Christianity (Jan 2018)

A Nigerian university student who converted from Islam to Christianity has been arrested by state security forces, as has the man who introduced her to Christianity.

Nabila Umar Sanda, 19, is a student at Bingham University in Karu, in the central state of Nasarawa, which is owned by one of Nigeria’s major churches – Evangelical Church Winning All, or ECWA. It was while studying there that she became friends with Simput Dafup, a 33-year-old Christian, who, once she expressed an interest in Christianity, invited her to meet a local church leader, Jeremiah Datim. More +

Aideen Strandsson

Christian convert faces death sentence deportation from Sweden to Iran (June 2017)

An Iranian actress who left Islam for Christianity has twice been denied asylum in Sweden and could be sent back to Iran where the penalty for conversion includes death. Aideen Strandsson told CBN News she secretly converted to Christianity while still living in Iran.

"I read the Bible and I understood what Jesus said about peace, about love, about kindness, and in my heart I became a Christian when I was in Iran," she said in an interview with CBN's Dale Hurd. More +

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Christian refugee converts in Germany face violent attacks (May 2017)

Recently, an Afghan woman who converted to Christianity was murdered. More and more refugees in Germany are being targeted for turning away from Islam. Are these only isolated cases? More +

Ahok Purnama

Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy (May 2017)

An Indonesian court has found Jakarta's outgoing Christian governor guilty of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain verses of the Quran.

As hundreds of protesters gathered outside calling for the maximum penalty to be given, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, the presiding judge, told the court that Purnama was "convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy". More +

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Stephanie: Life Beyond Faith (Dec 2016) 

Ex-Muslim Stephanie Shares Her Story
A Canadian woman who converted to Islam in her late-teens, Stephanie married a Libyan Muslim man, and gave birth to two daughters. After a few years of living as a faithful Muslim, Stephanie began to have doubts. Recognizing the immorality and irrationality of Islam, Stephanie grew detached from the faith and concerned about her children being raised in such a context.

In 2011, Stephanie left their residence in Libya for a short trip to see her father in Canada. When safely out of Libya en route to an airport in a neighboring country, her husband unveiled his plan for her: he would never allow her to even visit her daughters again unless she gave up her Canadian custody of the kids. More +

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 +


 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 +



Additional Cases:

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

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

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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He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

- Micah 6:8

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