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How Many Christians Are Currently In Iranian Prisons?

How Many Christians Are Currently In Iranian Prisons?

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So many Christians are detained in Iranian prisons simply for their faith.  And more are in fear of arrest or arrested every month.

Updated numbers from Iran on Christians detained are hard to find.  So when they become available I will post them.  World Watch Monitor has posted an updated list for November 2016.

(World Watch Monitor) The table and detailed listing show cases of Christians known to have been arrested, detained or awaiting trial during 2016. The list is prepared mainly from public sources and is not exhaustive – confidential cases are omitted for security reasons.

 

Month of arrest

Names

City of arrest

April 2010

Behnam Irani (m) – released 17th Oct. 2016

Karaj

Feb 2012

Medrik Davoudian (m), Arshin (f)

Shahinshahr

July 2013

Maryam (Naseem) Naghash-Zargaran (f)

Tehran

August 2013

Ebrahim Firouzi (m)

Karaj

March 2014

Amin Khaki (m) – released July 2016, Hossein Barunzadeh (m), Mohammad Bahrami (m) and Rahman Bahman (m).

Shush

July 2014

Mohammad Roghanir (m)

Bandar Azali

Nov 2014

Masoud Rezaei (m)

Shiraz

Dec 2014

Victor Bet-Tamraz (m), Amin Nader Afshari (m), Kaviyan Mohammedi (m) – all released on bail, but awaiting hearings or verdicts

Tehran

Dec 2015

12 individuals (10 were released soon after arrest, but 2 were detained until 30th January 2016)

Hamedan

Dec 2015

Maysam Hojati – released on bail 6th January 2016

Isfahan

April 2016

10 individuals arrested and released after interrogation

Tehran

May 2016

Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammedreza Omidi (Yousef Nadarkhani and his wife, Tina, were also arrested, but released the same day). They were released on bail May 2016

Rasht

May 2016

Leila Abdi Nejad – released on bail 25th June 2016

Karaj

May 2016

3 individuals

Karaj

June 2016

A couple arrested and detained

Isfahan

June 2016

4 individuals

Tabriz

June 2016

8 individuals

Tehran

June 2016

6 individuals

Isfahan

June 2016

5 individuals (including one from Shiraz)

Isfahan

June 2016

Eldar Gurbanov, Yusif Farhadov, Bahram Nasibov (Azerbaijanian citizens, members of Baku Word of Life church) and an Iranian pastor, Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh – released on bail 29th October 2016

Tehran

August 2016

Mohammad Ilyas, M. Khubyar, Edmund (Khachatvryan), Mohammad Malek, S. Shahbazi, Arash, Fatemeh Amini, Maryam , Amin, Hamid, with another one (unidentified)

Isfahan

August 2016

9 individuals

Sanandaj

August 2016

17 individuals

Amol and Qaemshahr

August 2016

7 individuals – 2 were released, but Ramiel Bet Tamraz (released on bail 10th October 2016) , Amin Nader Afshar, Hadi Askary, Mohamad Dehnay (released on bail 10thOctober 2016) and Amir Sina Dashti were detained.

Tehran

September 2016

P. – released on bail in October

Isfahan

 

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