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Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project

Youcef Nadarkhani

Country: Iran

Key Fact: Pastor the Iranian government repeatedly has targeted  

Start of Latest Government Action: May 13, 2016  

Charges: Acting against national security

Sentence: 10 years imprisonment and two years of exile in southern Iran

Abdul Shakoor

Country:  Pakistan 

Key Fact: 80-year-old Ahmadi manager of a bookshop and optician store

Detained Since: December 2, 2015

Charges: Propagating the Ahmadiyya faith and stirring up “religious hatred” and “sectarianism”

Sentence: Three years in prison under the Penal Code for blasphemy and five years under the Anti-Terrorism Act on January 2, 2016

Gulmira Imin

Country: China 

Key Fact: Website administrator and Uighur Muslim

Detained Since: July 14, 2009

Charges: Splittism, leaking state secrets, and organizing an illegal demonstration

Sentence: Life imprisonment

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