Eight Christians in Iran Sent to Prison for Threatening ‘National Security’

Convictions typical of those in country who leave Islam.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Eight Iranian Christians received heavy jail sentences on Tuesday (July 16) after being found guilty of “action against the national security” and “propaganda against the system” – charges typically leveled against Muslim converts to Christianity in Iran. Advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that the eight members of the Church […]

Christians Sentenced to Prison as ‘Moderate’ Comes to Power in Iran

Persecution expected to continue as long as Ayatollah Khamenei in control.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Six more Christians were sentenced for practicing their faith last week, while Iran’s presidential election of a moderate politician was not expected to soften the regime’s persecution of religious minorities. After eight years of the hard-line rule of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hassan Rouhani proclaimed a “victory for moderation … not extremism,” expressed […]

Iranian Pastor Arrested, Church Closed in Tehran

Crackdown on Christians intensifies as elections near.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Security forces this week arrested an Iranian pastor in Tehran and announced that his church was closed as a crackdown on Christians intensified ahead of June elections, sources said. Robert Asserian was arrested Tuesday (May 21) during a prayer meeting at his Central Assemblies of God Church after authorities entered his […]

Iranian Pastor Arrested as Crackdown in Iran Intensifies

Church pressured to close as elections near.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Security forces arrested an Iranian pastor in Tehran after raiding his house and pressuring his church to close as a crackdown on Christians intensified ahead of June elections. Robert Asserian was arrested Tuesday (May 21) during a prayer meeting at his Central Assemblies of God Church after authorities entered his house […]

Iranian-American Pastor Spends Birthday in Solitary Confinement

Family members no longer allowed to visit Saeed Abedini.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – An Iranian-American pastor spent his 33rd birthday in solitary confinement today, suffering from untreated injuries from beatings by prisoners and officials in an Iranian prison. Saeed Abedini has spent six months in Tehran’s harsh Evin Prison, known for housing political dissidents and government protestors, where he is serving an eight-year sentence […]

Massive Bail Required of Christian Prisoners in Iran

Medical personnel refuse to treat Pastor Abedini, saying he is ‘unclean,’ according to letter.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Four Christian converts from Islam arrested last year for alleged evangelistic activities had to post enormous bail amounts in order to be released from an Iranian prison. Soroush Saraei, Mohammad Roghangir, and Massoud Rezaei were released at midnight March 19 after each posted $80,000 in bail, according to the Iranian media […]

Five Iranian Christians on Trial for Practicing Faith

Judge sets massive bail terms for converts accused of ‘threatening national security.’

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Five Christian converts arrested last year in Iran went on trial on Sunday (March 10) for leaving Islam and were handed enormous bail terms.   A judge in Shiraz set bail at $200,000 for Mohammed Roghangir and $80,000 for the other four. The next date for the trial has not been […]

Iranian-American Pastor Abedini Writes of Torture, Pressure to Renounce Faith

Letter from Evin Prison in Iran reveals abuse by officials, inmates.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – An Iranian-American pastor imprisoned for planting house churches in Iran years ago writes that he is undergoing torture, death threats, and pressure to renounce his faith from prison officials and inmates.   Saeed Abedini, 32, described his ordeal in a letter to family members that was released by his U.S.-based attorneys. […]

Iran Sentences Pastor Abedini to Eight Years in Prison

Iranian-American church leader accused of ‘threatening national security.’

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in Iran’s most notorious prison today for allegedly threatening “national security” by planting house churches years ago.   Judge Pir-Abassi of Branch 26 of the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced the 32-year-old pastor. Sentencing in this court most likely required the approval of […]

Will We Be Their Voice?

Bill would create special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East/South Central Asia.

(Morning Star News) – Christians worldwide just celebrated the birth of Jesus. For many in the West this was a festive season marked by worship services, gift-giving and time with family and friends. But for the church in the Middle East, fear of persecution cast a long, dark shadow over the Christmas holiday.   Oppression […]