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Bakhrom KholmatovBakhrom Kholmatov
Tajikistan | Imprisoned since 2017
Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov, was arrested on 10 April 2017 after KNB officers raided the Sonmin Sonbogym (Good News of Grace) Protestant Church and was sentenced to three years in prison. In addition to arresting the pastor, church members were harassed and beaten as officers confiscated items from the church including the pastor’s computer.
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Oqbamichel HaiminotOqbamichel Haiminot
Eritrea | Imprisoned since 2007
Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot, senior pastor of the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church became the first senior Eritrean church leader to be imprisoned for his Christian activities in 2003. At that time, he spent a few weeks in prison. In 2005 Pastor Oqbamichel was rearrested. After four months of inhumane circumstances, he suffered a mental breakdown and was released. In 2007, he was rearrested and remains imprisoned in the 5th Police Station.
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Mussie EzazMussie Ezaz
Eritrea | Imprisoned since 2007
Mussie Ezaz was arrested in September 2007 because of his work as an evangelist as well as developing a ministry to youth at the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church. As with other Christians imprisoned in Eritrea, Mussie has never been tried or charged and his family has no idea whether he will ever be released.
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Hadi AsgariHadi Asgari
Iran | Imprisoned since 2017
As a convert to Christianity, Hadi was arrested while on a weekend trip with friends. The gathering took place in a garden in Firouz-Kouth County, near Tehran when police arrived and 17 people were beaten and arrested.
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zhang shaojieZhang Shaojie
China | Imprisoned since 2013
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.
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Ebrahim-FirouziEbrahim Firouzi
Iran | Imprisoned since 2013
Ebrahim has been arrested several times for his Christian activities. Beginning in January 2011 he was accused of evangelising, apostasy and associating with foreign organisations and was held for 154 days. He was ‘conditionally’ released, meaning he could be re-arrested any time to complete his sentence. In 2013 Ebrahim was re-arrested and charged with organising evangelistic activities, circulating information against Iran’s Islamic regime and administering a Christian website.
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Yklas Kabduakasov
Kazakhstan | Imprisoned since 2015
Kabduakasov fearlessly shared the Gospel with his family and friends after his conversion from Islam. He was arrested after secret police searched his home and confiscated Christian books. He is currently serving two years’ imprisonment in a labour camp for ‘inciting religious hatred’.
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AlimujiangYimitiAlimujiang Yimiti
China | Imprisoned since 2008
Alimujiang Yimiti, a house church leader, was arrested in January 2008 because of his Christian witness.
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Pastor Haile NayzgiPastor Haile Nayzgi
Eritrea | Imprisoned since 2004
Pastor Haile Nayzgi was arrested by security police for leading a church comprised of over 100 house groups.
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Lacheng RenLacheng Ren
China | Imprisoned since 2012
Lacheng Ren is a founder of a Christian bookstore in Taiyuan. Along with an employee Wenxi Li, he was arrested and sentenced to prison for this role in the Enyu Bookstore in Taiyuan.
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Imran Ghafur MasihImran Ghafur Masih
Pakistan | Imprisoned since 2010
Imran Ghafur Masih was accused of burning pages of the Koran. Imran was cleaning his brother’s retail shop and while he was burning the rubbish, pages of an Islamic book flew into the fire and burned.
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Asia BibiAsia Bibi
Pakistan | Imprisoned since 2009
Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, was sentenced to death for blasphemy after her neighbour accused Bibi of insulting the prophet Mohammed. While she maintains her innocence, an accusation of blasphemy is enough to warrant the death penalty in Pakistan. Bibi was sentenced in November 2010 and is the first woman ever to receive the death sentence for blasphemy in Pakistan.
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Yang Hua
China | Imprisoned since 2015
Yang Hua, one of the pastors of Huoshi Church, Guizhou province, has been held in police custody since 9 December 2015, after he resisted the authorities’ attempts to confiscate church property. Officials accused him of the crime of “obstruction of justice” and “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”, sentencing him to five days in detention for each charge.
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Dr Kiflu GebremeskelDr Kiflu Gebremeskel
Eritrea | Imprisoned since 2004
Dr Kiflu Gebremeskel, the chair of the Eritrean Evangelical Alliance, senior pastor and leading figure in the Full Gospel Church, has been imprisoned since May 2004. He was arrested in an early morning raid on his home in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea.
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Kidane WeldouKidane Weldou
Eritrea | Imprisoned since 2005
Pastor Kidane Weldou disappeared, his vehicle found abandoned in downtown Asmara and is presumably being detained by Eritrean security forces. He is married, has four daughters and is a senior pastor of the Full Gospel Church. He has been a leader in the church for many years as well as being a member of the executive committee of the Gideons International in Eritrea.
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Cheng HongpengCheng Hongpeng
China | Imprisoned since 2014
Chinese Christian Cheng Hongpeng was sentenced to three years in prison after Chinese officials raided a choir practice in June 2014.
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Zhao WeiliangZhao Weiliang
China | Imprisoned since 2014
Chinese Christian Zhao Weiliang was sentenced to three years in prison after Chinese officials raided a choir practice in June 2014.
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ReleasedRecently Released Prisoners of Faith
Praise God for those prisoners who have been released. Your letters and prayers make a difference! While Yuri Pak was in prison, many people wrote letters of support to him. Yuri’s wife Olga, wrote to VOM, saying, “Our family is extremely grateful to each one of you for your prayers and letters with words of encouragement and faith. Your prayers and letters helped us to go through this difficult trial without losing our faith and courage.”
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