Iran: Christian convert on Hunger Strike

Iran: Christian convert on Hunger Strike

Published by on February 14, 2021

International Liberty Association: Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firoozi has gone on hunger strike since 13 Feb, demanding a “Absolute acquittal” of the “false allegations”, which he believes is made by the Ministry of Intelligence against him.
He had previously announced that he would go on a hunger strike to protest continued confiscation of his personal belongings by the Ministry of Intelligence.

The 34-year-old Christian convert, who has already spent 15 months in exile was arrested and taken to Chabahar Prison on 8 February, after being summoned regarding new allegations of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic, in favour of hostile groups”.

The allegations came after some videos of him were shared on social media in which he complained about the continued violation of his rights.
It worth mentioning that, Ebrahim Firoozi was initially arrested in January 2010 for converting from Islam to Christianity and allegedly organizing Christian religious services.

ILA: According to an informed source, during his first arrest he was told he would be freed if he declared himself a Muslim. However, Firoozi refused and subsequently, the Revolutionary Court in Karaj convicted him of “propaganda against the state” for his religious conversion and alleged missionary activities and sentenced him to five months in prison with an additional five-month suspended prison sentence. He was freed on 8 June 2011.

During the following years Firoozi was arrested several times and eventually, in November 2019 he was sent to exile in remote Sistan and Baluchestan province.

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