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In Partnership with ADF International

Supporting Religious Prisoners of Conscience: Stories from Iran and Sudan

Religious persecution is on the rise throughout the world. Over 260 million Christians face high levels of persecution. And countless numbers of people of all faiths languish in prisons for nothing more than following their deepest convictions.

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh from Iran, and Mariam Ibrahim from Sudan, have directly experienced the horrors of being imprisoned for their faith.

Maryam and Marziyeh shared the New Testament with their fellow Iranians, and started house churches that catered to some of the most marginalized people in the country. For this, in 2009, they were arrested and sent to the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. But their faith never left them throughout their ordeal.

Mariam Ibrahim was sentenced to death in Sudan in 2014 for refusing to renounce her faith as a Christian after being accused of apostasy because her father was a Muslim. Mariam was chained to her cell while pregnant, and gave birth to her daughter while imprisoned.

International outcry helped each of these courageous women escape their imprisonment, and they now speak out in the fight against religious persecution. Join us to hear their incredible stories, and to find out how Congress and others can work to free those victims currently suffering for their faith.

This event is being held in partnership with ADF International and Jubilee Campaign. ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. Jubilee Campaign is a non-profit organization which promotes the human rights and religious liberty of ethnic and religious minorities such as those in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, China, North Korea, and others. ADF International and Jubilee Campaign are co-chairs of the Prisoners of Conscience Working Group for the International Religious Freedom Roundtable.

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