Asylum application of two Christian converts in Sweden has been rejected, while they had converted from Islam to Christianity about ten years ago. Converting from Islam to any religion in Iran is considered apostasy and is punishable by death. If these Christians are deported to Iran, there are concerns that they will be treated as apostates.
According to “Mohabat News”, with the beginning of Islamic revolution in Iran and rise of Islamic theocracy, and establishment of Islamic Law (sharia), many non-Muslim Iranians and especially, those converted to Christianity were detained, imprisoned and even murdered. Five Iranian pastors killed brutally by the Revolutionary Guards. As a result, many decided to leave the country despite their own will.
Two Iranian Christian converts, Majid and Hamid Khosravi, currently living in Sweden, are at risk of being deported to Iran. They converted to Christianity approximately ten years ago in Iran. Due to many harassments and persecutions by the Islamic secret police, they decided to leave the country and seek asylum in Sweden. Currently one of the two is being held at the immigration detention center and the other is living secretly. Both are at the verge of being deported to Iran.
Additional Information about their activities in church services
Majid and Hamid Khosravi converted from Islam to Christianity as their savior in 2002 and 2003 in a church in Esfahan, Iran.
Two years ago their home-based church was spotted by the security forces and thus they continued their evangelical activities in secret in the house of their friends and families. When they were identified by the authorities, they decided to leave the country. This is while many of their converted Christian friends are now in custody by the Islamic security authorities.
They came to Sweden and sought asylum according to the Geneva Convention, and were denied their refugee rights unjustly by the Swedish Immigration Board. The board indicated they are not convinced about their true Christian faith and that their life will not be at risk if deported to Iran!
However, according to the senior pastor of the Iranian church of Stockholm, Hamid and Majid have been very active in the church activities and served faithfully in the worship group of the Persian-speaking church in Stockholm, as well as Iranian Christian TV networks and websites.
According to the reports by Mohabat News on situation of Christian converts in Iran, and considering the issues discussed above, we ask the Swedish Immigration Board to reconsider the case of Majid and Hamid Khosravi.