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Survivors Call for the End of Deadly ‘Apostasy’ Laws

When the Freedom to Believe is a Crime WASHINGTON DC| 21 July 2021 Survivors who escaped torture and death sentences for their religious beliefs are calling for the end of “apostasy” laws. Over 20 countries criminalize ‘apostasy’ – leaving a state religion – and over 10 countries carry the death penalty. Mariam Ibrahim was imprisoned, […]

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Persecution Continues Unabated for Iranian Christians

In late January 2021, multiple human rights and religious freedom organizations, including Open Doors, Article 18, Middle East Concern, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide published their 2020 Annual Report regarding the violations of Iranian Christians’ right to freedom of religion or belief. Unsurprisingly, especially considering the US State Department’s designation of Iran as a Country of

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USCIRF Releases Novel Report on Blasphemy Laws Worldwide

This December, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published its new report, Violating Rights: Enforcing the World’s Blasphemy Laws, on the implementation of blasphemy laws in nations around the world. The research and data is focused on the time period from January 2014 to December 2018 and offers insight into how, when,

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New UN General Assembly Resolution Condemns Iran’s Track Record of Human Rights Violations

On 18 November 2020, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution, Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was ultimately passed by a vote of 79 yes to 32 no, as well as 64 abstentions. This resolution commends the Republic of Iran’s positive steps such as making commitments on improving

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Iran Cracking Down on Christian Converts, Even Amidst the Pandemic

Middle East Concern has recently released an article explaining the situation of four Iranian Christian converts who have recently attended their hearing on May 14th in regards to the charges raised against them for participating in “house church membership.” The group of four, including Ramin Hassanpour, Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi, and another who wishes to

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Iran Updates on Prisoners of Conscience: Fatemeh Bakhteri and Mary Mohammadi

Background: Iran remains one of USCIRF’s recommendations for the designation as a Country of Particular Concern in regards to international religious freedom. As an Islamic nation, religious minorities such as Baha’is and Christians are routinely detained for apostasy, blasphemy, and evangelism. According to USCIRF, “Iran harasses, fines, and arrests those who dissent from its interpretation

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