Converting to Christianity and preaching the Gospel are considered "crimes against national security" in Iran.
One third of Iraqi Christians either live under the control of or are surrounded by Iranian-backed militias.
Ebrahim Firouzi, who converted from Islam to Christianity, has been convicted of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic."
Iranian prisons are so overcrowded that the regime has already released tens of thousands prisoners.
American Catholics consider global Christian persecution as less urgent an issue than human trafficking, poverty or climate change
At the first hearing of his trial on October 22, 2019, the judge also accused him of "apostasy".
Pastor Hussein Soodmand was buried in Mashad after his execution in December 1990.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is unleashing a sweeping crackdown on Christians, particularly those who have converted from Islam.
Even as Iranian State media runs a propaganda campaign congratulating Christians, others are quick to say otherwise