Imprisoned Iranian Women Refuse to Deny Their Faith

Imprisoned Iranian Women Refuse to Deny Their Faith
Open Doors Launches Campaign Urging Iran to Release Christians Now
SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 5 /Christian Newswire/ — On August 9 two Christian women appeared before an Iranian judge who asked them to deny their faith and return to Islam. Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, have been held in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran since March 5. They were originally accused of „acting against state security“ and „taking part in illegal gatherings,“ according to Compass Direct News. When both women refused to recant their faith, the judge sent them back to their prison cells „to think about it,“ according to a source who spoke with family members.

„When they said, ‚Think about it,‘ it means you are going back to jail,“ said the source, according to Compass. „This is something we say in Iran. It means: ‚Since you’re not sorry, you’ll stay in jail for a long time, and maybe you’ll change your mind.'“
The source said the first goal of judges in such cases is usually to make „apostates“ deny their faith through threats or by sending them back to prison for a longer time.
The women re-appeared in court on Oct. 7. The anti- state charge was dropped but they still face „apostasy“ and „propagation of the Christian faith“ charges.
Also, the women have undergone intense interrogations which have reportedly included sleep deprivation and other psychological pressure. They share a cell with over 20 other women and both have deteriorating health. Marzieh suffers from spinal pain, an infected tooth and intense headaches and is especially in need of medical attention, which has not been provided. Evin prison has received criticism for its human rights violations and executions in recent years.
On Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department designated Iran, along with seven other countries, as „Countries of Particular Concern“ for their religious repression. The Islamic Republic reportedly imprisoned, harassed and intimidated people based on their religious beliefs, while government-controlled broadcast and print media intensified negative campaigns against religious minorities, the report said. Iran is ranked No. 3 on Open Doors‘ World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most severe persecution.
The Open Doors USA advocacy department is launching a campaign asking people to send a respectful message to Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, who is Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York City. The email messages will be sent to the government in Iran as well. The letters will ask for the immediate release of Maryam and Marzieh.
A sample email letter to send is located at the Open Doors USA website at Please do not refer to Open Doors in your email.
„Maryam and Marzieh are suffering in an Iranian prison simply for refusing to recant their belief in Jesus Christ…they truly are modern heroes of the faith,“ says Open Doors USA President/CEO Dr. Carl Moeller. „We must speak out against this injustice. Join our campaign urging the Iranian government to release these women.“
Pray for Maryam and Marzieh Sunday, Nov. 8, during the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to our Website at

Liberty and Peace NOW! – Right Livelihood Award 2008 (4)


Liberty and Peace NOW! Human Rights Reporter – Right Livelihood Award 2008 (4)

Liberty and Peace NOW! from Stockholm, Sweden with Dr. Monika Hauser (Swiss – Italian), medica mondiale and Jakob von Uexkuell, alternative Nobel Prize, Right Livelihood Foundation Award 2008, Production: Andreas Klamm, Journalist, broadcast journalist, author, TV producer
(c) 2008 by Andreas Klamm journalist, TV producer and IBS Television Liberty

Liberty and Peace NOW! – Right Livelihood Award 2008 (3)


Liberty and Peace NOW! – Right Livelihood Award (3)

Liberty and Peace NOW! from Stockholm, Sweden with Asha Hagi from Somalia, Africa and Jakob von Uexkuell, alternative Nobel Prize, Right Livelihood Foundation Award 2008, Production: Andreas Klamm, Journalist, broadcast journalist, author, TV producer
(c) 2008 by Andreas Klamm journalist, TV producer and IBS Television Liberty

At least nine people have been killed through the flood in Togo – 11 bridges got destroyed – 5.000 people are homeless

At least nine people have been killed through the flood in Togo
11 bridges got destroyed – 5.000 people are homeless

By Andreas Klamm, news correspondent
LOME/Togo. Africa. August 5, 2008/ Mission News/– At least nine people have been killed as torrential floods have submerged entire villages in Togo, the country’s Minister for Transport and Highways said yesterday in a televised address, according to ASSOCIATED PRESS in the city of Togo.

Nine major bridges have been wiped out, stranding villagers in flooded hamlets, Ekpao Talaki said.
As many as 5,000 people have been rendered homeless, according to the government’s website, but aid workers say the number could be much higher.
Ghana, Togo’s neighbour, sent in helicopters to rescue villagers trapped in their flooded homes. France sent a disaster crew Friday from its peacekeeping mission in nearby Ivory Coast.
President Faure Gnassingbe held an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday – the third this week – to come up with ways to combat the floods.
The flooding, which shows no sign of abating, was brought on by heavy monsoon rains.
Reverend Yawovi Nyonato has made the official report: „My country Togo is going through a crisis.
The bridges on our international roads are broken and houses are flooded by water and people are dead in some quarters of the country.
As bridges are broken, more than 11 bridges are broken, cars can not leave some quarters in the North of Togo to bring food to women in need. Traders have increased the food prices.
The bowl of corn we bought before the flood at 300 CFA Francs has risen to 1500 CFA Frans and the prices of everything are increased and the country goes through famine.
Life is difficult and currently houses which were flooded by water, residents are housed in camps for refugees and because of this situation thieves come in and do steal of the property.
I would call a prayer for my country and for us. Please PRAY that our LORD Jesus Christ will OPEN DOORS and provide help to the people of Togo.“
If you want to help the people which have survived the flood in Togo you can donate directly to John Baptist Mission of Togo in Africa.
Donations for the refugees and survivors of the flood:
to Evangelist and Reverend Yawovi Elisha Nyonato in Togo, Africa.
Evangelist Yawovi Nyonato
Agoé Nyive Agip Sun Kitidjan (Street)
79 Lome 13
Togo, Africa
Cell: Tel. 00228 931 93 20 / (228) 963 27 85
Donations are also possible from bank account to bank account or by VISA / Master / Credit Card, also to
Bank account:
Name: Nyonato
First name: Yawovi
John Baptist Mission of Togo
Code Bank: T0055
Code Guichet: 01004
Account number: 40 90 79 70 20 19
RIB: 07
Bank Name: Ecobank
Swift Code: Ecotgtg
John Baptist Mission of Togo is OFFICIALLY REGISTERED with the ministry of internal affairs with the government of Togo in Africa, West Africa. / MJB MISSION NEWS

Brandkatastrophe von Ludwigshafen: Türkische Fernseh-Sender : "Brand von Ludwigshafen war Anschlag"

Brandkatastrophe von Ludwigshafen:
Türkische Fernseh-Sender: „Brand von Ludwigshafen war Anschlag“
Ludwigshafen. 12. Februar 2008. (and). Das schreckliche Feuer in Ludwigshafen am Rhein bei dem am 3. Februar bis zu 10 Menschen, darunter fünf Kinder und eine schwangere Frau verbrannten, soll laut Fernseh-Berichten im türkischen Fernsehen, die Folge eines Terror-Anschlages durch Kriminielle oder Nazis sein. Das berichten zwei türkische Fernseh-Sender mit den Live-Zeugen-Aussagen von zwei Kindern türkischer Herkunft, die in dem Haus in Ludwigshafen wohnten.

Ein Mann mit schwarzen Haaren, der entsprechend der Zeugen-Aussagen gesagt haben soll: „Ich bin deutsch.“, soll den Angaben der beiden Kinder im Alter von 8 bis 9 Jahren zufolge, „…mit einem Feuerzeug Papier angezündet haben…“ und sich zuvor mit Gewalt zum Haus Zutritt verschafft haben, in dem er, so die Kinder in den Fernseh-Sendungen, „…mit dem Fuß die Tür blockierte…“.
An dem Haus wurden zudem offenbar „Nazi-Parolen“ entdeckt. Die beiden Fernseh-Sender berichteten weiter, dass es sich bei der Brand-Ursache nicht um einen Gas-Unfall oder einen Defekt an einer Stromleitung handele.
Das Feuer soll sich laut einer Presse-Erklärung der „Soko Danziger Platz“ vom 11. Februar laut Einschätzung der Brandexperten
aus dem Kellerbereich entwickelt haben.
Die offiziellen deutschen Ermittlungsbehörden und türkischen Sonder-Ermittler haben zur Brandursache selbst bislang keine erartige Stellungnahme gemacht. Bei den Fernseh-Berichten handelt es sich um offiziell in dieser Form nicht bestätigte Informationen.
Allerdings konnte der leitende Oberstaatsanwalt Lothar Liebig auf einer Pressekonferenz bereits am 5. Februar ebenso wenig eine Brandstiftung als Ursache ausschliessen. Auf den Verdacht einer möglichen Brandstiftung hin wird nach wie vor weiter ermittelt.
Die Polizei in Ludwigshafen bittet unterdessen Personen, die am 3. Februar zwischen 14.00 und 16.20 Uhr Video-Aufnahmen machten, diese Video-Aufnahmen der Polizei zur Verfügung zu stellen. Diesbezüglich kann tagsüber von 8 bis 16 Uhr Kontakt mit der Pressestelle des Polizeipräsidiums Rheinpfalz, Rufnummer 0621 963-1202 oder -1201, oder der Staatsanwaltschaft Frankenthal, Rufnummer 06233 80-353, aufgenommen werden.
Außerhalb dieser Zeit ist dies auch bei der Kriminalinspektion Ludwigshafen, Rufnummer 0621 963-1163 möglich.
Zur Stunde ist nicht bekannt, weshalb bislang keine Phantom-Zeichnung der eventuell gesuchten Person, die mit dem Feuerzeug das Feuer gelegt haben soll durch die Behörden veröffentlicht wurde. Bereits seit 5. Feburar wird über die Zeugen-Aussagen der beiden Kinder in deutschen und türkischen Zeitungen und bei mehreren türkischen Fernseh-Sendern berichtet.
Viele Menschen in der Stadt Ludwigshafen fassen die Fernseh-Berichte im türkischen Fernsehen als Propaganda auf.
Vor 70 Jahren, im Jahr 1938, zündeten Nazi-Terroisten die Synagoge der jüdischen Glaubenskongregation an. Die Lage in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ist angespannt.
Auf einen Feuerwehrmann und mehrere auch behinderte Menschen in der Stadt Ludwigshafen und in Limburgerhof gab es Angriffe infolge des schrecklichen Feuers mit bis zu 10 toten Menschen.
Die Fernseh-Beiträge der beiden türkischen Fernseh-Sender sind auch weltweit bei dem Video-Portal YouTube zu sehen:…CE31F4&index=11
* Bei den Fernseh-Beiträge handelt es sich um Beiträge des türkischen Fernsehens.