Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: October 2009
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released Saturday, Sept. 8, after a trial where he was found guilty of evangelizing Muslims. Youcef was not charged with apostasy, or leaving Islam. He was sentenced to three years, which he's already served. Youcef is free, praise God. More Info
We praise God that Rimsha Masih was recently released on bail! But her situation is far from resolved. She is still facing charges of blasphemy and if found guilty faces a serious sentence.
We need to press the Pakistani authorities to drop all charges against Rimsha and to ensure her safety.
On August 17th Rimsha, a young Christian girl with learning disabilities, was arrested on charges of 'blasphemy' in Islamabad, Pakistan. She was accused of burning pages of the Quran, a serious crime under Pakistan's infamous blasphemy laws.
Punishment for desecrating the Quran carries a potential life sentence in prison. After an initial court appearance and a medical examination, Rimsha was held in detention for about 3 weeks.
A witness has since come forward saying that a local cleric planted the pages of the Quran in Rimsha's bag of trash and that the accusations against her are false.
The cleric has been arrested.
A Pakistani judge granted bail to Rimsha which is a rarity in blasphemy cases, because of safety concerns for those accused of these charges. But her lawyers prevailed, pleading that she was a juvenile. Rimsha was released from prison last Saturday.
She was taken away by helicopter accompanied by tight security, as vigilante killings of those accused and acquitted of blasphemy charges are common in Pakistan.
The public outcry on behalf of Rimsha has had an amazing impact on this case and we believe continued efforts to advocate for her will make a difference.
Show Pakistani Christians that they are not alone by contacting Ambassador Sherry Rehman, Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S., asking Pakistan to protect and ensure justice for young Rimsha »
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Advocate on Behalf of Rimsha in Pakistan - Take Action Today!
We have all been touched by the story of Rimsha, the fourteen-year old Pakistani girl who has been wrongfully accused of desecrating the Quran. We are thankful for the good news of her release on bail, and we pray that all charges against her will be dropped. But there is one more thing that you can do. Stand on behalf of Rimsha and the many others that are imprisoned in Pakistan on false charges of blasphemy by sending an email to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States.
Jailed Pastor Faces Extradition to Uzbekistan
Makset Djabbarbergenov, a former Uzbek house church pastor, is in a Kazakhstan jail awaiting a ruling whether he will be returned to his native country. Although the UN considers him a refugee, Uzbekistan wants him back to face charges that he practiced religion outside state regulation. Pastor Makset and his pregnant wife and four children, distraught over what will happen next, have asked for our prayers.
Arrested: May 2004
Three Eritrean pastors remain in dire conditions in prison in Eritrea, along with about 2,000 other Christians. Dr. Kiflu Geremeskel, Kidane Weldou and Haile Nayzgi remain in prison and believers in Eritrea have heard nothing from the three men recently.
However, one of Dr. Kiflu's church members glimpsed her pastor from a distance during a medical check-up at the hospital. She reported that he had lost a lot of weight and looked frail. She was unable to get closer because of the security detail that accompanied him. Please continue to pray for these men and the other Eritrean believers in prison. Pray that they know they are not forgotten. More Info
Makhset Djabbarbergenov is a Christian from Uzbekistan who urgently needs your help!
Makhset is a former Uzbek house church pastor from the capital of Karakalpakstan, the autonomous republic of Uzbekistan. No Protestant churches in Karakalpakstan have recieved official registration, so they are considered illegal.
Makhset has been brought into court six times. Police raided the family’s apartment in August 2007, prompting the family to flee. The Djabbarbergenov’s eventually arrived in Kazakhstan where they initiated the process of seeking asylum through the United Nations. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees determined the family to be refugees who would face prosecution in Uzbekistan because of their Christian faith.
Unfortunately, the Kazakh government disagreed and has ruled against Makhset at several turns. His case now rests before the country’s highest court, which has yet to set a date for his extradition hearing.
Kazakh authorities arrested Makhset on September 2, and are holding him in Almaty’s investigation prison. Prosecutors have also moved ahead in response to Uzbekistan’s request to return him to face charges.
That’s why we are asking our supporters to urgently send a message to the Kazakh Ambassador to the United States, asking that the Kazakh government not forcibly return Makhset to Uzbekistan!
Uzbekistan wants Makhset repatriated to face charges that he practiced religion outside of state regulations. The two charges awaiting him in Uzbekistan each carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Makhset is married to Aigul who is currently expecting their fifth child. Please join us in praying for God’s intervention in this situation the Djabbarbergenov family is facing! We also ask that you forward this campaign to your friends and family as we need to spread awareness and action as quickly as possible.
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Makset Djabbarbergenov Urgently Needs your Help
Last week we prayed for Makset a former Uzbek house church pastor seeking asylum in Kazakhstan. Pastor Makset has been in custody since last month awaiting the courts’ decision on his extradition to Uzbekistan. If sent back he will face charges of practicing religion outside of state regulations; each charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Please pray for God’s intervention in this situation. You can also help by sending a message to the Kazakh Ambassador to the United States, asking that the Kazakh government not forcibly return Makset to Uzbekistan.
Location: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Arrested: March 2012
Alireza Seyyedian is a 37-year-old former Muslim who has been a Christian since 2006. Last year, security forces confiscated his computer during a raid on his apartment. Authorities then discovered video of Alireza's baptism in Turkey on the computer. In December 2011 he was sentenced to six years in prison, for crimes against national security and propaganda against the regime. The judge stated that since Alireza was baptized in Turkey, he was trying to express the lack of freedom in Iran and was therefore was propagating against the regime. He was also accused of holding regular meetings... More Info
Rimsha Case Still in Limbo; Take Action Now for Justice
Despite testimony that Rimsha was ‘set up’ on charges of blasphemy, her case is still being reviewed by the juvenile court in Pakistan and again delayed until a new hearing on Nov. 14. You can help by contacting Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, to ask Pakistan to protect Rimsha and ensure justice for her.