An open letter from Imprisoned Prisoner of Conscience, Naser Navard-GoltapehPublished by Tirdad on November 6, 2019
Naser Navard-Goltapeh, Christian convert prisoner of conscience, who has been imprisoned since 2017, on charges of “acting against national security by holding house churches”, has written an open letter referring to the Articles number 13 and 26 of the Constitution of the Iran in which Christianity is recognized. According to International Liberty Association, Naser Navard-Goltapeh, prisoner of Conscience, is held in Evin prison, for “acting against national security by holding house churches”, while in his letter he says: “I have been spending imprisonment for more than two years for falsely accused of acting against national security by holding house churches, while rituals and worship are parts of our religion”.
International Liberty Association report indicates that, Naser Navard-Goltapeh, a Christian convert, was arrested in a private meeting with three citizens of Azerbaijan on June 24, 2016. They detained in solitary confinement for at least 2 months and after two months of interrogations, they were accused of the gathering and collusion.
In his letter, Mr. Naser Navard-Goltapeh says:
“Dear people of Iran
As an imprisoned Persian-speaking Christian believing the Bible, it is good to know that holding religious ceremonies (non-Armenian) in Persian-language in the house of members is considered an act against the national security of the Islamic Republic in the notion of sovereignty.”
In part of his letter Mr. Naser Navard-Goltapeh says: “I do not know, by what logic or which crime this heavy sentence has been imposed on me.”
Hoping that Christ’s love will be spread by the voice of imprisoned Christians throughout the world. Thanks to all those who strive for human and individual rights.”
The imprisoned Christian, Naser Navard-Goltapeh, Evin Prison, Friday, 01 November 2019.