The Victims

The following is an abbreviated list of victims of human rights violations against apostates. These incidents are not an entire list, as it is difficult to know all instances, as often apostates are tortured, raped, attacked, and/or murdered as police and government oversight agencies turn a blind eye. The following are clear, indisputable, and well publized instances of governments and State courts violating human rights of apostates in a variety of countries.

Abdirahman Ahmed (died 15 January 2009) was a Somali politician. He was executed by an for alleged apostasy. He was tried and convicted by a Sharia court, but was not allowed legal representation according to his family.

In 1994, an Ismaili, Hadi Al-Mutaif (also Al-Mutif), a teenager, made a remark that a court deemed blasphemous. The Saudi court sentenced Al-Mutaif to death for apostasy. In May 2009, Al-Mutaif was still in prison. He has spent long periods of time in solitary confinement, and has made numerous suicide attempts

On 3 September 1992, Sadiq ‘Abdul-Karim Malallah was publicly beheaded by sabre in al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province after being convicted of apostasy and blasphemy. Malallah, a Shia Muslim from Saudi Arabia, was arrested in April 1988 and charged with throwing stones at a police patrol. He was reportedly held in solitary confinement for long periods during his first months in detention and tortured prior to his first appearance before a judge in July 1988. The judge reportedly asked him to convert from Shia Islam to Wahhabi Islam, and allegedly promised him a lighter sentence if he complied. Malallah may have been involved in efforts to secure improved rights for Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslim minority

A detained pastor of a major network of Christian house churches in Iran will be executed by hanging for “apostasy”, or abandoning Islam, according to translated court documents.
The 11th Chamber of The Assize Court of the province of Gilan said Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani had proved his “apostasy” by “organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and, denying Islamic values. The pastor has been imprisoned since 2009.

A man who was identified as “Ali Ghorabat” also known as “Saed”,   was convicted of apostasy for “claiming to have contact with the God and the 12th Shiite Imam”. He was executed on Wednesday January 26, 2011 in the Karoun prison of Ahvaz.

Mahmoud Mohammad Matin-Azad, 53, and Arash Ahmad-Ali Basirat, 40, are Christian-converts from Islam who were charged with apostasy last week at the Public and Revolutionary Court in Shiraz, Iran. They have been imprisoned since May, 2011.

In August, there were five known arrests of Iranian Christians in three cities by authorities, according to the persecution watchdog agency Compass Direct News. Among those arrested was Ramtin Soodmand, who is the son of the last Christian convert to be executed for leaving Islam, on Aug. 21, 2011.

300,000 Bahai’s in Iran are denied citzenship recognition, and are prevented from sending their children to school, or to provide their children any form of education. Reports indicate that raids took place on Saturday 21 May on as many as 30 homes in Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, and Shiraz. It is now understood that some 14 Baha’is have been arrested in connection with providing Bahai children education. Additionally, seven Bahais have been imprisoned and at time tortured but yet to be charged or convicted of any crime other than being Bahai, which Iran states as being apostasy. Entering their fourth year of incarceration, the five male members are held in Gohardasht Prison under close surveillance, while the two women were transferred early morning on May 3 to a warehouse-like detention center shared by nearly 400 female prisoners with minimal facilities.

More than 20 Islamic lawyers attended the hearing on Sunday (Feb. 22, 2009) in Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s case to obtain identification papers with Christianity designated as his religious affiliation. The lawyers were attempting to sway the court to execute him as an apostate, and in memos write that Christianity is an inferior religion to Islam and that Copts protect and defend converts from Islam at their own peril. “Our rights in Egypt, as Christians or converts, are less than the rights of animals,” El-Gohary said. “We are deprived of social and civil rights, deprived of our inheritance and left to the fundamentalists to be killed. Nobody bothers to investigate or care about us.”

Pastor Youcef faces execution after two judges agreed to make him “liable to capital punishment,” as part of a crackdown on the growing Protestant church movement in the Islamic nation of Iran. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was detained in June 2009 along with wife Fatemeh Pasandideh in the city of Rasht in northwestern Iran because of their “Christian activities”. Basically, he questioned why his children were being forced to be taught Islam when Iranian constitution gives parents the right to teach their children their own religion.

A Yemen court meted out the death penalty in early July to a Somali refugee for converting from Islam to Christianity, unless he recants within seven days. Mohammed Omer Haji, 27, was given a one-week ultimatum by Adens Tawahi Court to return to Islam, or face execution under Islamic law for committing apostasy. Haji said police officials gave him no reason for his arrest except his Christian faith. They slapped and hit him, he said, declaring, “We arrested you because you are a Christian. You are George, the Christian Somali.”

Abdul Rahman, 41, was born into a Muslim family in Afghanistan, and raised in that faith. While working for an Christian aid group in Peshawar some 16 years ago, he converted to Christianity. He left the country and worked in Germany for nine years. He returned to Afghanistan in 2002 where he attempted to gain custody of his daughters who had been living with their grandparents. His parents reported his religious conversion to the authorities. He was arrested during 2006-FEB. He was placed on trial for an “attack on Islam” by his action of apostasy. Judge Alhaj Ansarullah Mawlawy Zada will be trying his case. He said: “The Attorney General is emphasizing he should be hung. It is a crime to convert to Christianity from Islam. He is teasing and insulting his family by converting,….We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law. It is an attack on Islam.”

2004 – Five Afghan men who had converted to Christianity have been killed in separate incidents since late June near the borders of eastern Afghanistan. 2006 – Two Afghan Christians arrested for apostasy, while several Christian converts are beaten severaly. 2010 -Reports of Afghan Christians being arrested and having their homes and businesses searched. There have also been reports that authorities are torturing arrested Christians to force them to reveal the names of other Christian converts and the location of underground churches and fellowships. Later on over 20 Afghan Christians were arrested and charged with apostasy with the death penalty sought. Christian Red Cross worker and father of 6, to be executed, has been jailed for months, he has been raped, beaten, mocked, spat on, and deprived of sleep for leaving Islam.