All Prisoners

  • Li Juncai

    Li Juncai

    Held 1,018 days in China

    Pastor Li Juncai of the Yuanyang County Central House Church in Xinxiang, Henan Province is currently serving a prison sentence of five and a half years after protesting the government’s attempts to remove the cross atop his church building in 2019. more info

  • Yousef Nadarkhani

    Yousef Nadarkhani

    Held 1,231 days in Iran

    Yousef Nadarkhani and three of his church members, Saheb (Zaman) Fadaee, Mohammad Ali (Yasser) Mosayebzadeh and Mohammad Reza Omidi, are serving 10-year prison sentences on charges of “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity.” The men are all members of the Church of Iran. more info

  • Saheb (Zaman) Fadaee

    Saheb (Zaman) Fadaee

    Held 1,230 days in Iran

    Yousef Nadarkhani and three of his church members, Saheb (Zaman) Fadaee, Mohammad Ali (Yasser) Mosayebzadeh and Mohammad Reza Omidi, are serving 10-year prison sentences on charges of “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity.” The men are all members of the Church of Iran. more info

  • Yasser Mosayebzadeh

    Yasser Mosayebzadeh

    Held 1,230 days in Iran

    Yousef Nadarkhani and three of his church members, Saheb (Zaman) Fadaee, Mohammad Ali (Yasser) Mosayebzadeh and Mohammad Reza Omidi, are serving 10-year prison sentences on charges of “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity.” The men are all members of the Church of Iran. more info

  • Behnam Akhlaghi

    Behnam Akhlaghi

    Held 864 days in Iran

    Christian convert Behnam Akhlaghi was summoned to the offices of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Feb. 23, 2019, as his colleagues Mehdi Khatibi and Babak Hosseinzadeh were being arrested at two different house churches. Colleagues Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafadar, Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and Shahrooz Eslamdous had been arrested in the preceding four weeks. In March, seven of the nine men were released on bail to await sentencing, while Pastor Matthias and Shahrooz Eslamdous remained in custody. more info

  • Mehdi Khatibi

    Mehdi Khatibi

    Held 864 days in Iran

    Christian converts Mehdi Khatibi and Babak Hosseinzadeh were arrested at two separate house churches on Feb. 23, 2019. Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafadar, Behnam Akhlaghi, Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and Shahrooz Eslamdous, who are all members of the same church, were also arrested between Jan. 29 and Feb. 23, 2019. In March, seven of the nine men were released on bail to await sentencing, while Pastor Matthias and Shahrooz Eslamdous remained in custody. more info

  • Babak Hosseinzadeh

    Babak Hosseinzadeh

    Held 864 days in Iran

    Christian converts Babak Hosseinzadeh and Mehdi Khatibi were arrested at two separate house churches on Feb. 23, 2019. Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafadar, Behnam Akhlaghi, Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and Shahrooz Eslamdous, who are all members of the same church, were also arrested between Jan. 29 and Feb. 23, 2019. In March, seven of the nine men were released on bail to await sentencing, while Pastor Matthias and Shahrooz Eslamdous remained in custody. more info

  • Shahrooz Eslamdous

    Shahrooz Eslamdous

    Held 1,023 days in Iran

    Christian convert Shahrooz Eslamdous was arrested along with Kamal Naamanian and Mohammad Vafadar in a house church meeting in Rasht on Feb. 15, 2019. more info

  • Abdolreza (Matthias) Hagh

    Abdolreza (Matthias) Hagh

    Held 1,028 days in Iran

    Christian convert Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad was arrested on Feb. 10, 2019, when agents of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard raided the house church gathering in Rasht where Pastor Matthias was ministering. The agents confiscated Bibles and mobile phones during the raid. Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafada, Shahrooz Eslamdous, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi and Behnam Akhlaghi, who are all members of the same church, were also arrested between Jan. 29 and Feb. 23, 2019. In March, seven of the nine men were released on bail to await sentencing, while Pastor Matthias and Shahrooz Eslamdous remained in custody. more info

  • Mohammed Vafadar

    Mohammed Vafadar

    Held 550 days in Iran

    Christian converts Mohammad Vafadar and Kamal Naamanian were arrested along with Shahrooz Eslamdous on Feb. 15, in a house church meeting in Rasht. Six other Christians from the same church were arrested during the same time period. At a court hearing on July 24, 2019, Judge Mohammed Moghisheh called the men “apostates” and argued that the Bible was “falsified.” The men were subsequently sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against state security” and “promoting Zionism.” Their sentences were upheld on appeal in February 2020, though neither the men nor their lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing. Released on bail of approximately $13,000 in March 2019, the men were summoned to begin serving their sentences on June 2, 2020. more info

  • Kamal Naamanian

    Kamal Naamanian

    Held 550 days in Iran

    Christian converts Kamal Naamanian and Mohammad Vafadar were arrested along with Shahrooz Eslamdous on Feb. 15, in a house church meeting in Rasht. Six other Christians from the same church were arrested during the same time period. At a court hearing on July 24, 2019, Judge Mohammed Moghisheh called the men “apostates” and argued that the Bible was “falsified.” The men were subsequently sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against state security” and “promoting Zionism.” Their sentences were upheld on appeal in February 2020, though neither the men nor their lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing. Released on bail of approximately $13,000 in March 2019, the men were summoned to begin serving their sentences on June 2, 2020. more info

  • Khalil Dehghanpour

    Khalil Dehghanpour

    Held 550 days in Iran

    Christian converts Khalil Dehghanpour and Hossein Kadivar were detained while attending a house church on Jan. 29, 2019, in the northern city of Rasht. Six other Christians from the same church were arrested during the same time period. At a court hearing on July 24, 2019, Judge Mohammed Moghisheh called the men “apostates” and argued that the Bible was “falsified.” The men were subsequently sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against state security” and “promoting Zionism.” Their sentences were upheld on appeal in February 2020, though neither the men nor their lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing. Released on bail of approximately $13,000 in March 2019, the men were summoned to begin serving their sentences on June 2, 2020. more info

  • Hossein Kadivar

    Hossein Kadivar

    Held 550 days in Iran

    Christian converts Hossein Kadivar and Khalil Dehghanpour were detained while attending a house church on Jan. 29, 2019, in the northern city of Rasht. Six other Christians from the same church were arrested during the same time period. At a court hearing on July 24, 2019, Judge Mohammed Moghisheh called the men “apostates” and argued that the Bible was “falsified.” The men were subsequently sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against state security” and “promoting Zionism.” Their sentences were upheld on appeal in February 2020, though neither the men nor their lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing. Released on bail of approximately $13,000 in March 2019, the men were summoned to begin serving their sentences on June 2, 2020. more info

  • Zhang Wen Shi

    Zhang Wen Shi

    Held 2,590 days in North Korea

    Zhang Wen Shi, also known by his Korean name and title as Deacon Jang, is an ethnically Korean Chinese citizen who lived in Changbai, China, a town on the border between China and North Korea. He worked alongside Korean-Chinese pastor Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol, ministering to the North Koreans who crossed the border into Changbai. more info

  • Wang Yi

    Wang Yi

    Held 1,091 days in China

    Pastor Wang Yi is the influential leader of Early Rain Covenant Church in the city of Chengdu, Sichuan province - one of the best-known house churches in China. He and his wife, Jiang Rong, were detained in December 2018 and charged with "inciting subversion of state power" and "illegal business operations." If convicted, Pastor Wang could face up to 15 years in prison. more info

  • Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh

    Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh

    Held 1,414 days in Iran

    Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh was arrested on June 24, 2016 when 30 intelligence agents raided an engagement party at a house in the Andisheh township of Karaj, near Tehran. Everyone present was detained, including three visiting Azeri Christians from Baku, Azerbaijan. more info

  • Meron Gebreselasie

    Meron Gebreselasie

    Held 6,393 days in Eritrea

    Pastor Meron Gebreselasie was arrested on June 3, 2004. Meron, also known as Million, was the pastor of Massawa Rhema Evangelical Church in Massawa, a Red Sea port city. He was also an anesthetist at Massawa Hospital. more info

  • John Cao

    John Cao

    Held 1,735 days in China

    On March 5, 2017, police arrested Cao Sanqiang (John Cao), a Chinese pastor known for his work among Myanmar's poor. Authorities charged Pastor Cao with "organizing illegal crossings of national borders" and, one year later, sentenced him to seven years in prison. more info

  • Zhang Shaojie

    Zhang Shaojie

    Held 2,940 days in China

    Pastor Zhang Shaojie of Nanle County Christian Church in Henan Province, is currently serving a 12-year prison term for “gathering a crowd to disrupt the public order” and a fabricated fraud charge. more info

  • Mussie Ezaz

    Mussie Ezaz

    Held 5,202 days in Eritrea

    Mussie Ezaz was arrested in September 2007 when Eritrean authorities came after him for his work as a youth minister with the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church. He worked as an evangelist for 14 years and served with Youth for Christ for a number of years before developing a ministry to youth at the Kale Hiwot Church, and other believers described him as a kind, generous and gifted leader. more info

  • Alimujiang Yimiti

    Alimujiang Yimiti

    Held 5,036 days in China

    In September 2007 Chinese government officials closed Alimujiang Yimiti’s business and accused him of using it as a cover up for “preaching Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity.” He was later arrested in January 2008 and accused of “subversion of the national government and endangering national security,” a crime punishable by death. more info

  • Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel

    Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel

    Held 6,404 days in Eritrea

    Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel, a leading figure of Full Gospel Church of Eritrea, founder and senior pastor of Southwest Full Gospel Church and member of the executive committee to the Full Gospel Church of Eritrea, was arrested on May 23, 2004. He was taken from his home in Asmara Gejeret, at approximately 5 a.m. Dr. Gebremeskel was a mathematics lecturer, department and faculty head at the University of Asmara until 1999, when he became a full-time pastor at the Southwest Full Gospel Church. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Chicago University. His wife and four children have not been able to visit him. more info

  • Kidane Weldou

    Kidane Weldou

    Held 6,105 days in Eritrea

    Pastor Kidane Weldou disappeared and is presumably detained by Eritrean security forces. His vehicle was found abandoned in downtown Asmara. He is a senior pastor of the Full Gospel Church and has been a leader in the church for many years. Weldou is married and has four daughters. For many days his family has been unable to learn his whereabouts. Other Full Gospel pastors still being held include Haile Nayzgi. Pastor Weldou is also a member of the executive committee of Gideons International in Eritrea. more info

  • Haile Nayzgi

    Haile Nayzgi

    Held 6,404 days in Eritrea

    During the early morning hours of May 23, 2004, Haile Nayzgi was arrested and taken to Police Station #1 in Asmara. He was the leader of Eritrea’s Full Gospel Church, which is comprised of 120 to 150 house meeting groups. The church groups were closed by government decree at a meeting with a government official on May 15, 2002. At that time the church groups were given an application form for government registration. The Full Gospel Church filled out the form and returned it to the appropriate offices, but no reply was ever received. more info