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Female Iranian Christian Prisoner Receives Additional Prison

Photo: Mohabat News

Photo: Mohabat News

Mohabat News – Iranian Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who is imprisoned in the notorious Evin prison for her Christian faith, was sentenced to an additional 45 days in prison upon her return to prison on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from a medical leave.

Read more: Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Prison authorities say she received 45 extra days in prison as punishment for her delay in returning to prison from her leave. She was originally granted a five day leave, which was later extended by a court ruling.

Her family confirmed that while she was on leave, court officials told her to remain out of prison until they reviewed her plea for conditional release. Her plea was eventually rejected and when she returned to prison, prison authorities sentenced her to an extra 45 days in prison for not returning to prison on time from her leave.

Read more: Christian Prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran Granted Medical Leave

Ms. Maryam Zargaran has been in prison for almost three years and four months in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin prison. During her time in prison she has gone on a number of hunger strikes, mainly to demand a conditional release from prison.

Since her imprisonment on July 19, 2013, her family has exhausted all of their options for her release with no success.
Maryam Naghash Zargaran suffers from a number of health problems, including a heart condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD), for which she underwent surgery years ago.

Read more: Iranian Authorities Refuse to Extend Christian Prisoner’s Medical Leave

Conditions in prison have further deteriorated Ms. Zargaran’s health. Mental, as well as physical pressure in prison has caused chronic joint pain in her hands, feet and spinal cord. Medical doctors in prison have diagnosed her with osteoporosis, arthritis and lumbar disc disease.

Victory! Three Men Imprisoned for Christ in Iran Miraculously Set Free

Three Christians from Azerbaijan who spent months in Iran’s Evin prison, one of the worst prisons in the world, are now free.

Iranian Christian Convert, Amin Afshar Naderi, still in Prison


Further updates reveal that Christian convert prisoner, Amin Afshar Naderi is still being held in Evin prison, despite earlier reports about his release.

Mohabat News – On October 19, 2016, a report came out of Iran that three of the five Christians arrested earlier in Firouz-kouh county, had been released. However, follow-up efforts have revealed that one of the three Christians previously thought to have been released, Amin Afshar Naderi, is still being held in prison.

Knowledgeable sources told Mohabat News that the other two Christians, Mohammad Dehnavi and Ramil Bet-Tamraz, son of Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz were in fact released on bail, while their fellow believer, Amin Afshar Naderi still remains in prison.

As previously reported, the two Christians who were in fact released, had to post very heavy bails. They will be released until the day of their trial. As of now, three of the five believers still in prison are Amin Afshar Naderi, Amir Saman Dashti and Hadi Asgari, none of whom are officially charged yet. There are no further updates on their case and how long they will be held in prison in uncertainty.

Keeping political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in prison without any official charge is a known tactic of the Iranian government in order to pressure such prisoners.

These five Christian prisoners had been arrested on August 26, 2016 in a raid on a family gathering in Firouz-kouh county.

Reports from that incident state the plain-clothed security authorities beat a number of those attending the family gathering and after arresting five of them, they left their families with no news on the whereabouts of their loved ones. Their families said they checked with many prisons across the country but they were told such names are not registered as official prisoners in their system.

As many Iranians have shown incredible interest in Christianity in recent years, the Iranian Islamic regime has ramped up its campaign to crack down on Iranian Christian converts and prevent the spread of house church gatherings. Iran falsely sees its citizens’ conversion to Christianity as a threat to its existence and national security.

The U.S. State Department’s 2016 report on International Religious Freedom lists Iran as a country where religious and ethnic persecution is on the rise. In a response to this report, the Iranian government called it unreal and non-constructive./ FARSI

Christian Prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran Granted Medical Leave

Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran imprisoned in Iran for her faith in Jesus Christ

Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran imprisoned in Iran for her faith in Jesus Christ

Female Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim), who has been suffering for a long time from various physical difficulties, was granted a medical leave with a possibility of it being extended.

Mohabat News has confirmed to Voice of the Persecuted that Iranian prison authorities finally granted, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian prisoner, medical leave on August 28, 2016 after weeks of rejecting her request.

The last time she was sent on a medical leave was in June, when she spent less than a week in hospital outside prison and then was forced to return to prison before completion of her treatment. Considering this past experience, there are concerns that she might be taken back to prison prior to receiving a complete treatment.

Despite prison physicians’ suggestion on sending her to a specialized hospital for treatment, prison authorities repeatedly rejected her requests for medical leave, forcing her to go on two hunger strikes. These hunger strikes took a heavy toll on her already weak body. During her hunger strike she was in such a critical condition that her mother said in a video message addressed to Iranian authorities that she “expects to hear a bad news any moment”.

Ms. Zargaran suffers from a heart condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD) and underwent heart surgery years ago.
More recently, she has been feeling numbness in her hands and feet and suffers from chronic pain in her joints and spinal column. Initial diagnosis has revealed the reason for these pains could be osteoporosis and arthritis. One of the physicians in prison has prescribed five days of physiotherapy for her, but authorities still refuse to allow her to receive treatment.

Ms. Zargaran is serving her sentence in the notorious Evin prison while she suffers from anemia, high cholesterol and diabetes. Prior to her current medical leave she was unable to receive proper treatment as the last time she was sent to hospital, she was forcibly and prematurely taken back to prison.

The hopes are that this time she will be able to receive a complete and much needed treatment before being taken back to prison to complete her four year sentence.

VOP Note: Please pray for Nasim’s full recovery. Pray she will receive the necessary ongoing treatment for her serious health conditions and will be granted permanent release from prison, which she suffers for her faith in Christ.

Christian Woman Temporarily Released From Iranian Prison for Medical Treatment

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Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran imprisoned for Christian faith

(Voice of the Persecuted) 36 year old Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert, has been released from Evin Prison in Iran and will receive much needed medical care. Maryam requires frequent medical attention as she had undergone heart surgery 9 years ago. She began a hunger strike on May 26 or 27 in protest of the prison’s denial to properly care for her heart condition atrial septal defect, diabetes, severe pain and other complications.

Mohabat News shared she has been suffering from pain in her ears and severe headaches, weight loss, and suffering from depression. While the prison’s medical staff recognized Maryam’s critical need for treatment, the Prosecutor refused to allow her to leave for medical care. Her family and friends were extremely worried for Nasim’s condition and and believed she was near comatose.

16 years ago, Nasim, who came from a Muslim background, was one of the first converts to Christianity under Saeed Abedini’s counsel. She also worked with him planting house churches. Abedini told Baptist Press that shortly after his 2012 imprisonment, Nasim was arrested because of her vigilant evangelism. She was charged with “acting against national security” and in July 2013 sentenced to four years in the women’s ward of Evin prison. A retrial request was refused and she has been incarcerated for nearly three years.

Abedini shared on social media that bail was put up for Nasim and she is now home. He was even able to talk to her and said, “I saw her, and she looks like she is just one step from death.” He also claimed after being released, she went to the hospital to get treatment,but they recognized her and wouldn’t treat her. Her sister in law, a doctor, is now treating Nasim in her home.

Though Nasim has been furloughed, it’s very possible that they will take her back to Evin within a week or so.  “I think they (Iranian authorities) allowed this to shut down the news,”Abedini said.

To all those who prayed and raised their voice, THANK YOU!


Maryam’s (Nasim) family and friends are asking for that we pray for her health and her release. Please also pray for the Iranian government to soften their hearts towards this sister and others imprisoned for their faith in Christ. For the Gospel to go forth in Iran. Pray for the strength and courage of Iranian believers to share the love and light of Christ and for the presence of the Holy Spirit and revival to take place. God bless the Iranian people.


Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDEvery day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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Be a Voice! Christian Prisoner in Iran Begins Hunger Strike over Denial of Medical Treatment



Christian convert with a heart condition protests treatment and imprisonment for role in house-church movement in Iran.

Mohabat News – Reports received from Iran indicate Christian prisoner, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran has gone on a hunger strike to protest the unfair refusal of authorities to provide her with critical medical attention.

In addition to medical concerns, Ms. Zargaran is concerned over unfair handling of her case by Iranian judicial authorities. She started her hunger strike on May 25, 2016.

She is serving her sentence in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin prison. As part of her protest she has also refused to accept visitors, which prompted her inmates to do the same in her support.

Despite her dire need for professional medical care, prison authorities have refused to send her to a hospital outside prison facilities for proper care. Ms. Zargaran underwent a heart surgery about nine years ago and needs frequent medical attention.

One of her family members said, “Maryam hasn’t left her bed in four days. She is burning with fever and has been on hunger strike to raise her protest against prison authorities’ indifference toward her health, her request for temporary release or leave which every prisoner is entitled to.”

This family member continued, “She is suffering from serious health issues. Before going on hunger strike she had lost 25 KG and her health issues had intensified. Authorities do not show the slightest concern over Maryam’s health. In addition, she is suffering from depression and takes depression medications for it.”

This source also mentioned she had filed an appeal which has been dropped from her case without her knowledge.

Read more: Female Christian Prisoner Strip Searched Upon her Return to Prison

Maryam Naghash Zargaran is a 36 year old Christian believer who was arrested in the winter of 2013 for her faith and arbitrarily charged with “action against national security”. She was summoned to the intelligence office on January 6, 2013, where she was put under temporary arrest for three days. After initial interrogations, she was transferred to Evin prison and her case was sent to the Revolutionary Court.

An initial court in Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Courts, sentenced her to four years in prison for “propagating against the Islamic regime and collusion intended to harm national security”. Later, an appeals court approved this sentence. Ms. Zargaran was instructed to report to Evin prison to serve her sentence. She reported to Evin prison on July 15, 2013, and has remained there ever since.

Iranian judicial and security authorities have repeatedly tried to make up false allegations against Christian converts to pressure them and to distort public opinion about them. Most of these false allegations are political and argue that house-churches are actually political groups which are in contact with or spy for foreign countries like England and Israel. In most of the Christian cases, Iranian authorities try to downplay the religious aspect of these cases and make them appear as political cases, in order to unmercifully sentence them and avoid international pressure. |

Voice of the Persecuted Note:  On May 29th, Maryam’s blood pressure suddenly dropped and she fell unconscious. She was then transferred from prison to the hospital. Sources claim it took a few minutes before she was able recognized her relatives who came to see her in the hospital. Though she desperately needed to stay in the hospital, she was taken back to the prison without proper treatment. This sister needs our help.

As with other cases that have drawn international attention and outcry, we have seen prisoners receive better treatment and even released by the Iranian regime. Let us not be idle and act quickly. Please PRAY and SPEAK OUT for our sister suffering in Iran.  SIGN THE PETITION for the Immediate & Unconditional Release of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran. Share this story and encourage many to sign the petition.  Be her VOICE!


Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDEvery day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Female Christian Prisoner Faces Health Issues in Iranian Prison


Photo: Mohabat News

Photo: Mohabat News

Iranian Christian Prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran who suffers from several health conditions is refused much needed medical care in prison.

Mohabat News – Reports from Iran indicate that Christian prisoner, Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, is suffering physical illness while officials refuse to transfer her to Hospital to receive proper medical care.

Read more: Iranian Christian Prisoner in Evin Transferred to Hospital

Several reports coming out of Iran indicate that Mrs. Zargaran has been suffering from nausea and pain in her ear. Clinical staff in Evin prison advised her not to move her head for two weeks and will need surgery in case her symptoms do not disappear.

Read more: Iranian Christian Prisoner Taken Back to Prison In the Middle of Medical Treatment

Mrs. Zargaran underwent a heart surgery nine years ago and requires frequent medical attention.

She has been suffering from many other symptoms including chronic pain in her joints and spinal cord in the last year. Medical staff in prison diagnosed her pains to have been caused by lumbar disk, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Despite this diagnosis and a prescribed five day physiotherapy, prison officials have refused to provide her with much needed medical care.

Read more: Female Christian Prisoner Strip Searched Upon her Return to Prison

Mrs. Zargaran was initially summoned to an Iranian intelligence office for interrogation in March of 2011. Interrogators constantly threatened her and her family, insulted her and questioned her Christian activities.

Christian Pastor Among 30 Prisoners Badly Beaten in Evin Prison Raid

Pastor Farshid Fathi in Evin prison for Christian faith

Pastor Farshid Fathi in Evin prison for Christian faith

A Christian pastor is among 30 prisoners who were badly beaten during a raid in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison last week, when prison guards are said to have assaulted inmates who protested against an aggressive inspection.

“CSW is extremely concerned by the reported events in Evin Prison. The treatment meted out to these prisoners is unacceptable and is in clear violation of Iran’s obligations under article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which states that prisoners should be treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent human dignity. We call on the authorities to thoroughly investigate this incident, sanctioning those responsible,” Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Andy Dipper said.

According to the Christian watchdog group, Evangelical church leader Farshid Fathi, who is serving six years in prison for what it says are false political charges, suffered a broken foot and toe during the raid. At least 29 other prisoners were also reportedly wounded, with injuries ranging from fractured skull to broken ribs and limbs.

CSW’s Kiri Kankhwende told The Christian Post on Wednesday that initially there were reports that the Head of Prisons in Iran had been fired over the issue, but the group looked into it and found out that the reports were false.

Evin Prison has a reputation as one of the most brutal prisons in Iran and in the world. Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen, was initially kept there before being transferred to another prison in Iran to serve an eight-year sentence.


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