Iran Launches New Crackdown On Devoted Christians; Several Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Concerns are mounting over devoted Christians in Iran after three more believers were detained in the city of Rasht in Gilan province, as part of what activists view as an "ongoing official campaign of repression" against the country's Christian community.

BREAKING: 100 Iranian Christians Facing Deportation From Austria After the US Rejects Asylum

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Some 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Austria face imminent deportation back to Iran where they could face detention, torture, and even death after the United States rejected their asylum applications, rights activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 1.

Iran Christians Appeal Against Lashes For Drinking Wine; Prayers Urged

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian Christians have urged prayers for three Christian converts in the coastal city of Rasht who have appealed against a sentence of 80 lashes for drinking wine at a communion service and two fellow believers in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison who are threatening to go on hunger strike, well-informed Christians told BosNewsLife.

BREAKING NEWS: Eight Missing In Iran After House Church Raid

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

christiansIranTEHRAN (BosNewsLife)-- At least eight people remained missing Saturday, August 15, after Iranian security forces raided a gathering of new Christian converts in the city of Karaj as part of a wider crackdown on house churches in Iran, well-informed Christians told BosNewsLife.

Iran Releases Detained Songwriter, Church Member


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- An Iranian Christian songwriter and member of the evangelical Church of Iran has been released from prison after serving three years, six months and ten days in prison, friends said. Alireza Seyyedian was released from Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, late last month but Christians only confirmed his release this week.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Pastor Sentenced To Years Imprisonment

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

pastorTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A frail Iranian pastor has been sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment for "anti-government activities" and "promoting ideas contrary to the sanctity of the Islamic Republic of Iran," trial observers confirmed Thursday, December 12.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Releasing Two Christians From Prison

By BosNewsLife Middle East ServicechristiansIran

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iran has released two devoted Christians from one of Tehran's most notorious prisons amid mounting pressure on the country's recently elected president to make good on his promises to respect minority rights, rights activists said.