09/14/2018

Urgent Action: Christians Sentenced for Practicing Their Faith (Iran: UA 156.18)


Iranian Christians, Victor Bet-Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari, have been sentenced to a combined total of 45 years in prison solely for practicing their Christian faith, including through attending Christmas gatherings and organizing house churches. If imprisoned, they would be prisoners of conscience.

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Iranian Christians, Victor Bet-Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari, have been sentenced to a combined total of 45 years in prison solely for practising their Christian faith, including through attending Christmas gatherings and organizing house churches. If imprisoned, they would be prisoners of conscience.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Quash the convictions and sentences of Victor Bet-Tamraz, Shamiram Issavi, Amin Afshar-Naderi, and Hadi Asgari, as they have been targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedoms of religion and belief, expression, and association, through their Christian faith;
  • Stop the harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and imprisonment of Christians, including converts, in Iran;
  • Respect the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt or change a religion or belief of one’s choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching, as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a state party.

Contact these two officials by 4 October, 2018:
Head of the Judiciary
Ayatollah Sadeghi Larijani

c/o Public Relations Office
Number 4, Dead end of 1 Azizi
Above Pasteur Intersection, Vali Asr Street
Tehran, Iran

Salutation: Dear Head of the Judiciary

H.E. Gholamali Khoshroo, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 687-2020 | Fax: 212 867 7086
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Permanent Representative

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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