Iranian Authorities refuse request for extended leave

Iranian Authorities have refused to give extended leave to Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran.   They have disregarded doctors advice that she be allowed to spend further time outside of prison to complete her medical treatment.

She was requested leave on June 6, 2016 for medical treatment.  Authorities have since ordered that she must return to prison midway through treatment
‘A source close to the Zargaran family said, “Her mother went to the court on Sunday asking for an extension to her leave, but they refused. She was told her daughter has stayed out of prison beyond her leave and needs to return to prison today”.’[1]

Prior to her leave, Mrs. Zargaran went on a hunger strike to protest against the authorities’ neglect of her regarding her health, mishandling her case and refusing her medical leave. Combining eleven days of hunger strike as well as extensive media coverage of her situation, authorities allowed her to go on a short leave.

During her leave, Mrs. Zargaran remained in hospital until the evening of Saturday, June 18, 2016 but is continuing to suffer physically.  Mrs. Zargaran has a history of medical problems, ‘including a heart condition known as Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) for which she underwent a surgery years ago. More recently, she has been feeling numbness in her hands and feet and suffers from chronic pain in her joints and spinal cord.’[2]

Maryam is a Christian convert from an Islamic background who is currently serving a four year sentence in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin prison in Iran.



Urgent prayer needed for Iranian Christian prisoner

Prayer is urgently needed for Iranian Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran (known as ‘Nasim’ or ‘Naseem’), who has been on hunger strike in Evin prison since Thursday 26 May.  Friends are family are deeply concerned for her health.

Maryam has various pre-existing medical conditions and has developed further serious physical ailments during her incarceration but has repeatedly been denied access to adequate medical treatment. Given her already fragile health, this hunger strike is very worrying.

Fellow prisoners on the women’s political ward in Evin prison have been so concerned for Maryam that on 29 May they forewent Sunday visiting hours.  Sundays are the allocated day for visits from family members, but most of Maryam’s fellow inmates refused to leave the ward on Sunday, in a statement of solidarity with Maryam.

Maryam has been imprisoned for ‘action against the national security’ since July 2013, a charge which is directly related to her Christian ministry. She is serving a four year sentence and is due to be released in the summer of 2017.

At this concerning time, please pray for:

  • Maryam’s health
  • Full access to medical treatment as needed
  • An early release for Maryam
  • Peace for Maryam, her family and friends
Yours in Him,
David Yeghnazar