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Mary Mohammadi 

Somaliland: Christians released (Aug 2021)

Christian convert Fatemeh Mohammadi arrested in Tehran (Jan 2020)

Christian convert Fatemeh Mohammadi has been arrested in Tehran and taken to an unknown location, according to the Persian-language news agency HRANA. The 21-year-old, who after her conversion now prefers to be known as Mary, was reportedly arrested on Sunday near Azadi Square, where protests were taking place following the Iranian government’s admission of guilt in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane. More + 


Asia Bibi Released

Asia Bibi free to leave after Pakistan court upholds blasphemy acquittal (Jan 2019)

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi Has Death Penalty Conviction Overturned (Oct 2018)

Pakistan's Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian woman who has been on death row for almost eight years on blasphemy charges. Asia Bibi, a mother of five from Punjab province, was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and sentenced to hang after she was accused of defiling the name of the Prophet Mohammed during an argument the year before with Muslim colleagues.  More +


Hassa Abduraheem Taour

Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor Released from Sudanese Prison by Presidential Pardon (May 2017)

JUBA, South Sudan - A pastor and another Christian serving a 12-year sentence in Sudan were freed today after they were granted a presidential pardon, sources said. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor had been in prison since his arrest in December 2015, as was Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur. They were convicted on baseless charges of assisting Czech aid worker Petr Jasek—pardoned and released on Feb. 25—in alleged espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, according to their attorney.

“We thank God for his release, that is all I can really say for now,” the pastor’s wife told Morning Star News. Christians gathered at Abdelrahim Tawor’s home today to thank God for answering their prayers. “Thank God for all who really carried a campaign for the release of our two brothers,” another relative said. More +


Kuwa Shamal

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 +







Ahmadiyya Muslim Shopkeeper Asad Shah Murdered for His Faith (Mar 2016)



Saeed Abedini

Saeed Abedini Released from Prison (Jan 2016)

Saeed Abedini was released from Iranian prison on 15 Jan 2016 in an American/Iran prison swap. Saeed is an Iranian American Christian pastor who has been detained in Iran since the summer of 2012 and incarcerated in Evin Prison since September 2012. On January 27, 2013, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, reportedly on charges of undermining national security through his Christian evangelical activities in Iran in the early 2000s.  More +


Farshid Fathi

Iran Frees Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri After Five Years in Prison (Dec 2015)

Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri of the Assembly of God church has been released five years after he was jailed in a prison in Iran for being part of a "foreign" group and spreading Christianity. Malayeri, who was arrested in 2010 during the Iranian government's raids on Christians and churches, was given a six-year sentence in 2012 for "action against national security, cooperating with foreign organizations and evangelism."  More +


Meriam Ibrahim and baby

Meriam Ibrahim is freed from Sudan - arrives in Italy (July 2014)

Meriam Ibrahim, 27, refused to renounce her Christian faith in court in May, prompting a judge to sentence her to hang for apostasy. The case became an international cause, with several U.S. lawmakers and the State Department blasting the decision as barbaric. Sudan's national news service SUNA said the Court of Cassation in Khartoum on Monday canceled the death sentence after defense lawyers presented their case, and that the court ordered her release.  More +

Tomas Landin

On the 16 June 2014 Tomas Landin (Treasurer and Board Member of Set My People Free 2014) visited the Sudanese Embassy in Stockholm and handed over a 5 meter long list made up of just under 1000 signatures from people in Sweden to protest against the continued imprisonment of Dr. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishaq.




Ex-Muslim Talks About Escaping Shariah Law (May 2013)

Amani Mustafa talks about escaping Egypt as a Christian and how Islam does not understand human rights.



muslim woman

Lebanese Man Gets 300 Lashes, 6 Years for Helping Woman Convert to Christianity (May 2013)

A Lebanese man was sentenced to 300 lashes with a whip and six years in prison for his role in helping a Saudi woman convert to Christianity and flee the kingdom in the latest example of the religious intolerance that grips the region.

The court in the Eastern Saudi city of Khobar – situated on the coast of the Persian Gulf – also sentenced a Saudi man to two years in prison and 200 lashes for helping the young woman named Maryam – who has been dubbed "the girl of Khobar" – in her escape to Sweden to secure asylum.   More +



Banin Qataya

Baalbek Archbishop Hands Muslim Girl who Converted to Christianity Back to Her Family (May 2012)

Archbishop of Baalbek-Deir al-Ahmar Semaan Atallah handed over on Monday Banin Qataya back to her parents after she had left their home two weeks ago. Qataya, who had converted to Christianity from Islam three years ago, had fled her home following psychological and physical abuse from her father as a result of her conversion, said Semaan.  More +
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Hadi Al-Mutif

Petition to Release Hadi al-Mutif from Prison (April 2011)

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – January 19th marked another year for the longest religious imprisonment of a man in Saudi Arabia: one of the world's most religiously extreme countries, where the international and local media took stance on this topic.

The story of Hadi Al-Mutif goes back to 1993, where he was training in a police camp in Saudi Arabia. Two of his colleagues accused him of satire of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), and hardliner judge Abdullah Al-Mukhlaf sentenced him to death because of his Ismaili beliefs. Hadi was identified as an unbeliever, or 'Kafir', as the judge stated in the death decree. The judgment was clearly biased due to his religious beliefs.   More +


Maryam and Marziyeh

Female Christian Converts to Face Iranian Judge (April 2010)

Two young women who converted from Islam to Christianity will soon face an Iranian court. Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were arrested last year. They were held and abused for six months in a Tehran prison. Numerous reports say the women were detained for converting to Christianity. Also see Sharing the Gospel in the Face of DangerMore +



Additional Cases:

Jordan: Ex-Muslim Tried for Converting to Christianity (2008)

Persecution on Muslim Converts to Christianity in Germany! (2008)

Persecution of 3000 Ex-Muslim Christians in UK - Part I, Part 2 (2007)

Afghan Christian Abdul Rahman - Convert to Christianity (2006)


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Apostasy means leaving or giving up one's religious faith. The penalty for apostasy in Islam is death. The Apostasy Law in Islam is an anti-conversion law, which contradicts Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.