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Raif Badawi

UPDATE: Saudi blogger Raif Badawi freed after a decade in prison (March 2022)

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi - jailed and sentenced to 1,000 lashes for "insulting Islam online" - has been freed, his wife says. "Raif called me. He is free," Ensaf Haidar told AFP news agency from Canada, where she fled with the couple's three children. The blogger's first 50 lashes caused a global outcry and he became an emblem of rights abuses in the country.

Raif Badawi, now 38, established the Liberal Saudi Network, a forum that sought to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia, in 2008. In 2012, Mr Badawi was arrested in the city of Jeddah and charged with "insulting Islam through electronic channels" and "going beyond the realm of obedience". Later that year, a judge recommended that he also be tried for apostasy, which carries the death penalty, because Mr Badawi had refused to "repent to God".  More +



Milad Goudarzi

UPDATE: Iran - Convert summoned to serve three-year sentence (Sept 2021)

Iranian Christians request prayer for Milad Gourdazi who has to present himself by September 21 to start serving his prison sentence. On 11 November 2020, Iranian intelligence agents raided the homes of Milad Gourdazi, Amin Khaki and Alireza Nourmohammadi, as well as the homes of several other converts, confiscating Bibles, cell phones and computers. No one was arrested at that time, but the converts continued to face harassment and were ordered to abstain from Christian activities which they refused to do. Milad is the first of the three to receive a prison summons, but it is assumed that Amin and Alireza will shortly be summoned as well. More +



Slimane Bouhafs

UPDATE: Algerian refugee Slimane Bouhafs deported from Tunisia now imprisoned in Algeria (Sept 2021)

Tunisian authorities must conduct prompt and thorough investigations into the circumstances of the abduction, enforced disappearance and forced return to Algeria of Slimane Bouhafs, an Algerian activist with refugee status from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Tunisia, said Amnesty International today. Under international human rights law, Tunisia must protect refugees and must not expel or return them to a country where they face persecution.  More +

‘Finally my father is home’ – Slimane Bouhafs Released after 18 Months in Jail (April 2018)

Slimane Bouhafs, 51, a convert from Islam, was arrested on 31 July 2016 for posting a message on social media about the light of Jesus overcoming the “lie” of Islam and its prophet. He also published photos showing the execution of a civilian by an Islamist terrorist.  More +


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Christian in Algeria Sentenced to Prison, Heavy Fine (July 2021)

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria – A judge in Algeria on Thursday (July 8) sentenced a Christian to six months in prison and fine of 100,000 dinars (US$740) for allegedly accepting unauthorized donations to spread Christianity, the convert from Islam said. Ahmed Beghal (name changed for security reasons) received the sentence at a court hearing in Khemis Meliana, in Ain-Defla Province. He denies the charge and says related allegations – distributing Bibles, printing and distributing Christian literature and thus “shaking the faith of a Muslim” – are also all false.  More + 


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Another Christian nurse falsely accused of blasphemy
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LAHORE, Pakistan – Nurse Sakina Mehtab said she was stunned to see videos of her Muslim colleagues marching on hospital premises in Lahore, Pakistan last week, shouting Islamist slogans and accusing her of blasphemy. She has since gone into hiding after receiving anonymous calls threatening to “maim and kill” her over the false allegation.  More + 



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Algerian Christian Prison Sentence Upheld (March 2021)

Algerian Christian Hamid Soudad, father of four, had his five-year prison sentence upheld during his appeal case on March 22. Courts convicted him of sharing a cartoon of Islam’s prophet on Facebook in 2018. Hamid’s attorney speculates that he received the maximum sentence because he is a Christian. Courts also upheld his fine of approximately $750 USD.  More + 


Sajjad Masih Gill






Pakistan court admits petition seeking death sentence for blasphemy (March 2021)

A Pakistani court has agreed to hear a petition seeking the death sentence for a Christian previously jailed for life after being convicted of sending text messages defaming Prophet Muhammad. Lahore High Court on 10 March admitted a petition to revise the judgment of Sajjad Masih Gill, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and send it to the division bench. Senior lawyer Zeeshan Ahmed Awan filed the revision petition. Such petitions are often seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.  More +


Apollinaris Darmawan

Police arrest elderly Indonesian Catholic for blasphemy (Aug 2020)

Police in Indonesia’s West Java province have arrested a Catholic man accused of insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media. Apollinaris Darmawan, 70, from Bandung, is alleged to have made the insulting comments on Twitter, including one that claims “Islam is not a religion but a heretical teaching that silences and uncivilizes its people.” He also allegedly posted an anti-Islamic video on YouTube. The posts drew anger from local Muslims who stormed his home on August 8, dragged him into the street and stripped him before police came to his rescue and took him into custody.   More +


Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad faces prison as final appeals fail (July 2020)

Iranian Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad has lost his appeal against the two remaining prison sentences issued to him earlier this year. Ismaeil, who is 65 years old and an official member of the Anglican Church, initially received three sentences amounting to a total of six years in prison. Ismaeil was informed on Sunday that the first sentence – of three years in prison for “insulting the sacred” – had been overturned on appeal. But yesterday he was told that the other two sentences – for “propaganda against the state” and “membership of a group hostile to the regime” – had been upheld. More +


Mubarak Bala

Wife of detained Nigerian humanist pleads for 'proof of life' (July 2020) Update

Fears for Nigerian humanist held for blasphemy in sharia state (May 2020)

A prominent Nigerian humanist accused of blasphemy has been arrested and taken to the northern city of Kano, according to figures close to him. Mubarak Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was taken from his home on 28 April in neighbouring Kaduna state and taken to Kano, where a warrant for his arrest was issued, Leo Igwe, a fellow Nigerian humanist and human rights advocate, said. More + 


Iranian Christians

Bushehr Christians face prison, exile, work restrictions and fines (July 2020) 

Iranian Christians request prayer for eight Christian converts recently arrested in the city of Bushehr, south-west Iran, seven of whom are still detained. Human rights organization Article 18 reports that on 1 July intelligence agents raided the homes of Christian converts and arrested eight people, including five members of one family: Sam Khosravi (36), and his wife Maryam Falahi (35), Sam’s brother Sasan (35), and his wife Marjan Falahi (33), Sam and Sasan’s mother, Khatoon Fatolahzadeh (61), as well as Pooriya Peyma (27), and his wife Fatemeh Talebi (27), and Habib Heydari (38).  More +


Soheil Arabi

Soheil Arabi resumes hunger strike after authorities fail to deliver on their promise (April 2020)

Iranian officials arrested Soheil Arabi in December 2013 and sentenced him to death for blasphemy. In July 2015, upon appeal, his death sentence was reduced to seven and a half years in prison and two years of religious studies to cure him of his atheism. In addition to physical problems caused by various hunger strikes, Iranian authorities tortured Arabi. Soheil Arabi has been on several hunger strikes to protest the Iranian authorities' treatment.  More +


Raymond Koh 

UPDATE: Malaysia - Where is Pastor Raymond Koh?  (Feb 2020) 

It’s been three years today since the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia. On February 13, 2017 Pastor Raymond Koh was driving his car to visit a friend. He never arrived. He was stopped in Petaling Jaya, Selangor State by unknown assailants and abducted in broad daylight. He has not been seen or heard from since and his car has never been found..Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the abductions of Pastor Raymond and others on the Special Branch of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown. More +



Fatemeh Bakhteri

Christian woman who refused to renounce faith starts prison sentence at notorious Iranian jail (Sept 2019)

A Christian woman started a prison sentence in Iran on 31 August for “propaganda” against the government after earlier refusing pressure from judges to renounce her faith. Fatemeh Bakhteri was told she would serve one year in prison in September 2018 after her Christian activities led to her being convicted. More +


Aideen Strandsson

UPDATE: Sweden Grants Christian Asylum-seeker Aideen Strandsson Refugee Status (Aug 2019)

Christian convert faces death sentence deportation from Sweden to Iran (June 2017)

An Iranian actress who left Islam for Christianity has twice been denied asylum in Sweden and could be sent back to Iran where the penalty for conversion includes death. Aideen Strandsson told CBN News she secretly converted to Christianity while still living in Iran.
"I read the Bible and I understood what Jesus said about peace, about love, about kindness, and in my heart I became a Christian when I was in Iran," she said in an interview with CBN's Dale Hurd. More +



Lleah Sharibu

As Nigeria votes, family and churches urge candidates to remember Christian teen Leah Sharibu (Feb 2019)

Leah Sharibu, 15, was taken when the Boko Haram abducted 110 girls during a raid on a school in Dapchi in Yobe state on 19 February 2018.Following a deal between the government and the militants, Boko Haram released 104 girls, with the last five thought to have died in captivity. The group has kept Leah, a Christian, because she refused to renounce her faith. More +


Ali Mahwood Awad Irsan

Muslim immigrant sentenced over ‘Honor Killing’ of Christian who married his converted daughter (Aug 2018)

HOUSTON, Texas — Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, who immigrated to America from Jordan, has been sentenced to death by a jury after engaging in two honor killings in allegedly being enraged that his daughter had shamed the family by converting to Christianity and marrying a Christian. More +



Woman on trial for blasphemy in Indonesia after her complaints about noisy mosque sparked riots  (Aug 2018)

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers. The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana, 44, was arrested on May 18, about two years after her case triggered a riot in Tanjung Balai, a port town in North Sumatra province. Prosecutors said the defendant had violated Indonesia’s criminal code by committing blasphemy against Islam, the dominant faith in Indonesia. More +


Simput Dafup and Nabila Umar Sanda

Nigerian Pastor Receives Death Threats after Muslim Woman's Conversion to Christianity  (June 2018)

Nigerian Pastor Jeremiah Datim who played a central role in the conversion of a young Muslim woman to Christianity has denounced the response of the country’s security services, from which he alleges he has received death threats. The first response of the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS), in January, had been to arrest the woman, 19-year-old Nabila Umar Sanda, and her friend, Simput Dafup, 33, who had introduced her to the pastor, Jeremiah Datim. Datim said the pair were released after ten days, but only after they had been tortured. He said the young woman was then returned to her parents – who had reported her conversion to police – and kept under surveillance. After two months she escaped and went into hiding. More +


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(l-r: Saheb Fadaie, Youcef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Mohammad Reza Omidi)

Four Iranian Christians set to begin ten-year prison sentences (June 2018)

The four Iranian Christians who saw their ten-year prison sentences upheld by an appeal court earlier this month are expecting to have to report to prison any day now. More +


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Christian refugee converts in Germany face violent attacks (May 2017)

Recently, an Afghan woman who converted to Christianity was murdered. More and more refugees in Germany are being targeted for turning away from Islam. Are these only isolated cases? More +


 Ahok Purnama

Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy (May 2017)

An Indonesian court has found Jakarta's outgoing Christian governor guilty of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain verses of the Quran.
As hundreds of protesters gathered outside calling for the maximum penalty to be given, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, the presiding judge, told the court that Purnama was "convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy". More +


Additional Cases:

Stephanie: Life Beyond Faith - Ex-Muslim shares her story (Dec 2016) 

Iran: Families fear for latest 5 Christians arrested (Aug 2016) Update: 2 Christians released, 3 detained (Oct 2016)

Young man in Yemen abducted and murdered for atheist 'apostasy' (Apr 2016)

Islamists Hack Another Secular Writer to Death in Bangladesh (May 2015)

Kabul Mob Attack: Women help bury 'wrongly accused' Farkhunda (March 2015)

Minya Misdemeanor Court considers Mohamed Hiajazi "Bishoy" (Nov 2014)

ISIS Publicly Executes Leading Lawyer and Human Rights Activist in Iraq (Sept 2014)

Woman in Yemen Burned to Death for Her Faith (Aug 2014)

Raif Badawi: A Thousand Lashes and 10 Years in Prison for Online Saudi Arabian Activist (May 2014)

Release Sawan Masih and Repeal Blasphemy Laws (March 2014)

Behnam Irani, a 41-year-old pastor from Karaj, Iran, Forced to Serve Five Years (Sept 2013)

Court Convicts Christian Teacher for Blasphemy (June 2013)

Journalist Hiding in Germany (June 2013)

Syrian Teenager Mohammad Qataa Executed by Islamists for Blasphemy (June 2013)

Christian Widow in Somalia Killed Four Months after Husband Slain (April 2013)

Jailed Saudi Blogger Hamza Kashgari Is Freed (Oct 2013)

Nadarkhani Free, but Iran’s Jails Hold Many More Christians (Sept 2012)

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Jailed in Iran for Three Years Is Freed (Sept 2012)

Muslim Extremists in Uganda Throw Acid on Bishop (Dec 2011)

Convert Jamaa Ait Bakrim Serving 15 Years for His Faith in Istanbul (Sept 2010)

Nagla Al-Imam - Inspirational Courage of Christian Lawyers (2009-2010)


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