As the international community’s attention is on Iran’s nuclear ambition, Human Rights violations especially against non-Muslims in Iran has increased significantly. Though recognized non-Muslim minorities in Iran (Jews, Christians and Zoroastarians) enjoy a relative freedom, Baha’is and converts from Islam to Christianity face life threatining conditions. Through out 2006 and 2007, the police continued arbitrary detention and intimidation of converts, often resulting in hefty bails and threats of legal charges of treason, which is punishable by death.

Press releases

Iran: Christian converts arrested by Iranian security forces 08/07/2014
Iran: Pastor Irani returned to prison 26/06/2014
Iran: Pastor Irani beaten in prison and taken to unknown location 09/06/2014
Iran: Christian prisoners beaten and tortured in prison 14/05/2014
Iran: Shain Lahouti returned to prison 06/05/2014


Iran: Summary of Concerns and Recommendations 01/06/2012
IRAN: The death penalty 01/09/2011
IRAN: Summary of Concerns and Recommendations 01/09/2011
IRAN - Mass arrests of evangelical Christians 31/01/2011
Iran - religious freedom profile 01/09/2009

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