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One Person’s Story

Sakineh Rahnama


Nationality: Iran
Religion: Christianity
Civil Status: Married


Date of Killing: August 3, 2008
Location of Killing: Esfahan, Esfahan Province, Iran
Mode of Killing: Extrajudicial killing

About this Case

July 27, 2008 was the very first last time Ms. Rahnama hosted several christians in her house church for praying.

Information regarding the extrajudicial killing of Ms. Sakineh Rahnama was published on Aso – Shahed Alavi (February, 01, 2019), Persian World and Radio Zamaneh (October 29, 2013), Voice of America (June 23, 2012), and Melliun (January 07, 2009) websites. In some reports her last name is mentioned as Rahimi.

Ms. Rahnama was married and along with her husband, Mr. Abbas Amiri, were Christian converts. After converting to Christianity, they used to secretly run a house church in their house in Malek Shahr area in Isfahan.

Ms. Rahnama’s Death

On Sunday August 03, 2008, Ms. Sakineh Rahnama died of cardiac arrest due to injuries caused by the beatings from security officers and the pressure from the death of her husband.

Based on the available information, while several christains were praying in the house church at Ms. Rahnama, and Mr. Amiri’s house on July 27, 2008, security officers attacked the church and arrested 6 women, 8 men, and 2 children. On the same night, security officers harshly beat Ms. Rahnama and her husband. Mr. Amiri went into coma due to severe injuries on his chest and due to old age, and died in the ICU of Shariati hospital in Esfahan on July 30, 2008 at 16:30 hrs.

Officials’ Reaction

Based on the available information, after Ms. Rahnama’s death, security forces officers and several plainclothes agents surrounded her house and monitored every movements to and from the house.

Security agents threatened Ms. Rahnama's family with insults saying that they were Armenian, Christian, apostate, and that they deserved to be killed.

Officers told Ms. Rahnama's relatives and children that they were not allowed to hold any ceremonies and that they should immediately leave the city after the funeral. Mr. Amiri's brother protested to the officers, but several officers attacked, punched and kicked him.

Security agents threatened them with insults saying that they were Armenian, Christian, apostate, and that they deserve to be killed.

Familys’ Reaction

Ms. Rahnama's family transferred her body to Masjed Soleiman on Monday, August 15, 2008, and in the presence of her relatives and children, buried her in the city cemetery next to her husband at 6 o’clock in the morning.

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