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Pastor Saeed Abedini, a Christian prisoner in Evin prison, was transferred to Rajaei-shahr prison for unknown reasons.

According to Mohabat News, the security authorities in Evin prison have transferred Pastor Saeed Abedini to Rajaei-Shahr prison in Karaj.

As the report published by Human Rights activists in Iran indicates, Evin prison authorities transferred him from ward 350 to Rajaei-Shahr prison with no prior notice.

This incident seems to be related to the protest of an American Pastor outside Evin prison last month. Apparently, Evin prison authorities have decided to transfer political prisoners and prisoners of conscience to other prisons in order to reduce focus on the notorious Evin prison, which is unpopular internationally.

Last month, on October 21, an American pastor, Eddie Romero, protested against the imprisonment of four Christian converts namely, Farshid Fathi, Saeed Abedini, Mostafa Bordbar, and Alireza Seyyedian. He also called on the Iranian government to release Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah, a lawyer and Human Rights activist.

Rajaei-Shahr prison is located on the outskirts of Karaj, west of Tehran. The prison is known as one of the most dangerous prisons of Iran, and holds a large number of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. There have been a considerable number of reports about torture, rape, murder and other cases of Human Rights violations in the prison.

Murderers, drug dealers, kidnappers and armed robbers form the majority of prisoners in Rajaei-Shahr. This prison also includes six sections for what is called "edification" where prisoners are taught Quran lessons on a daily basis.

Pastor Abedini who holds Iranian-American dual-citizenship, was arrested in 2012. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to eight years in prison for establishing a network of house-churches intended to undermine national security. As he appealed the decision, his case was sent to Branch 36 of the High Court of Tehran Province and the appeals court upheld his sentence.

In the past few years, western countries and International Human Rights organizations have accused Iran of violating religious rights for the high number of arrests and the harassment of religious minorities in the country.

In this regard, Ahmad Shaheed, the UN's Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, said, those who change their religion face a serious risk of oppression in Iran.

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