Iran: Christian convert receives three year prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer after Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad received a three-year prison sentence for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.” Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January 2019 and charged initially with “propaganda against the... read more

Iran: Annual Report on Rights Violations Released

Middle East Concern, in collaboration with Open Doors International, Article 18 and CSW has released the 2019 report on violations of the rights of Christians in Iran. During 2019, Iranian Christians, along with other religious minorities, continued to suffer multiple... read more

Algeria: Another church closed by government

Algerian Christians request prayer for a church in the city of Oran after a court ordered its closure on 12 January 2020. Twelve churches affiliated with the EPA (Église Protestante d’Algérie), the umbrella organisation for Protestant churches, have been ordered... read more

Iran: Assyrian Christian to start prison sentence

Friends and family of Ramiel Bet Tamraz request prayer as he has been summoned to Evin Prison Tuesday (7 January) to serve a prison sentence. On 26 August 2016 Ramiel, a Christian from an ethnic Assyrian background, was arrested with four Christian convert friends... read more

Iran: three converts start their sentences in Eghlid prison

Iranian Christians request prayer for Asghar Salehi, Mohammadreza Rezaei and one other Christian convert from Fars Province, who are each serving six-month prison sentences on account of their faith and Christian activity. On 18 September 2018 Iranian intelligence... read more

Iran: Updates to recent prayer requests

On 11 and 12 November, Middle East Concern requested prayer for Ebrahim Firouzi, who is serving two years’ internal exile, and for two court hearings, one for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad and the other for Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh,... read more

Syria: Call for prayer following murders of Christians

The Middle East Council of Churches is leading calls for renewed prayer for Syria, following the murder of a church leader and his father in a spate of violence in the northeast of the country on 11 November. Father Hovsep Bedoyan, priest of the Mar Yousef Armenian... read more

Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi goes into internal exile

Friends of Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi request prayer as he is now on his way to Sarbaz on the border with Pakistan to spend two years in exile there as part of a sentence he received in 2013. Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj on 26 October... read more

Iran: Hearing for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

Iranian Christians request prayer for a court hearing on12 November for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January and charged with “propaganda against the state and insulting the sacred Iranian establishment.” At a... read more