API Statement Calling for Acquittal of Bet-Tamraz Family, End to Persecution of Christians in Iran

On September 10, 2018, Chairman of the Board of the Assyrian Policy Institute Jon Koriel sent a letter to the Head of the Iranian Judiciary and the Prosecutor General of Tehran calling for charges against four Iranian Christians, two of them ethnic Assyrians, to be dismissed.


According to Amnesty International, Bet-Tamraz and Issavi, as well as two Christian converts named Amin Afshar-Naderi and Hadi Asgari, have been targeted for “illegal church activities” which “threaten national security” in order to justify their convictions.


Click to view our letter to the Head of the Iranian Judiciary.

Click to view our letter to the Prosecutor General of Tehran.


Read the full text of the letter below:


I write on behalf of the Assyrian Policy Institute in advance of the verdict of the appeal court in the trials of Iranian Assyrians Victor Bet-Tamraz and Shamiran Isaavi, as well as Iranian Christians Hadi Asgari and Amin Afshar-Naderi, due to be issued later this year in October 2018.