HRANA News Agency – Youcef Nadarkhani, Iranian Christian citizen, was arrested to serve the rest of his three year in prison verdict in Lakan Prison of Rasht, yesterday.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Youcef Nadarkhani, Christian citizen who was acquitted of Apostasy and released recently, was arrested to serve the rest of his three year in prison verdict in Lakan Prison of Rasht, yesterday.
HRANA News Agency – Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, was transferred to Ward 350 of Evin Prison in order to begin serving his 9 year prison sentence.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was sentenced to nine years in prison, ten years’ ban on legal practice, flogging, and cash fines by Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court in July 2011.
HRANA News Agency – Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs have expressed in the past two years, more than 300 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Iran.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),The Special Rapporteurs welcomed the recent release of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who had received the death sentence on a charge of apostasy. The experts highlighted however the arrest and detention of hundreds of Christians over the past two years and called on the Iranian authorities to “ease the current climate of fear in which many churches operate.”
The conviction of apostasy and death sentence for Pastor Nadarkhani – who was born to Muslim parents but converted to Christianity at the age of 19 – sparked strong condemnation from governments, organizations and religious leaders around the world. Earlier this month, Pastor Nadarkhani’s charge was reduced to “evangelizing Muslims,” and his sentence to three years, which he was credited with having already served.
“Iran possesses the basic legal framework to guarantee Christians, as a group, the right to freedom of religion, and should ensure that this right is granted in practice as well,” said Dr. Bielefeldt, who noted that “the right to conversion in this context is an inseparable part of freedom of religion or belief.”
He also called for the protection of Baha’is and other religious minorities who are not recognised in Iran’s Constitution.
HRANA News Agency – Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been acquitted of apostasy and released, ending a saga that drew international attention and saw him spend more than 1,000 days in jail in the face of a death sentence — simply for being a Christian.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) (Sept. 8) Nadarkhani, in jail since 2009, was acquitted of apostasy — that is, converting from Islam to Christianity — but found guilty of evangelizing Muslims. Nadarkhani was sentenced to three years in prison for the latter charge but was released due to time already served.
HRANA News Agency – Pastor Youcef’s Wife rejects new charge against her husband and called it rumor. She mentioned New Court Date Been notified and “Apostasy” Charge remains.
Fatemeh Pasandideh, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s wife, in a conversation with the reporter of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said: “He is scheduled to appear in court on September 8 and “Apostasy” Charge is the only one in the case. She added “Banditry and Extortion” charge does not exist in the case and is just rumors.
HRANA News Agency – Christian activist and House Church organizer Fat’hi was sentenced to a six-year prison term, based on charges of “acting against national security through membership of the Christian organization Ilam, collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country.”