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  Haik Hovsepian Mehr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Haik Hovsepian Mehr (January 6, 1945, Tehran, killed January, 1994), was an Iranian bishop and Christian martyr.
This view was confirmed in 2001, when the murder was confirmed to be a part of the series of political murders of authors and activists ordered by Saeed Emami, then Vice Minister at the Ministry of Intelligence, exposure of which shook the Iranian political establishment.
He was succeeded by his brother Edvard Hovsepian Mehr in his role as Bishop of the Jammiat-e Rabbani Church.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Haik_Hovsepian_Mehr   (388 words)

 Baylor University || Truett Journal of Church and Missions || Biography of Haik Hovsepian-Mehr
Haik, his wife Takoosh, and their six-month old child were traveling from Tehran to Gorgan with an American missionary family when the car rear-ended a tractor-trailer without reflective lights.
It was during this season of transition in 1981 when Haik was elected General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God churches in Iran and moved his family to Tehran.
However, it was Bishop Haik’s insistence upon the release of Mehdi Dibaj, who had been imprisoned unjustly for over ten years on charges of apostasy, which set the stage in motion for the three martyrdoms of 1994.
www.baylor.edu /truett/journal/index.php?id=20622   (1369 words)

 Baylor University || Truett Journal of Church and Missions || Haik's Contributions to Church History
As a leader during a pivotal period in history, Haik contributed vision and insight that unified the church, was acceptable to all, set a firm example in dealing with governmental pressure, and mentored others.
Haik was General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God and President of the Council of Protestant Churches during the formative years of the Islamic Republic, an extremely critical time in history for both the country of Iran and ultimately the Church of Iran.
Therefore, Haik’s greatest contribution as a leader was that he was acceptable to all and accepted by all.
www.baylor.edu /truett/journal/index.php?id=20625   (1884 words)

 Hovsepian Ministries
Haik was a caring father to four children and a faithful husband to Takoosh.
In 1982, Haik became the Superintendent of Assemblies of God churches in Iran, and several years later the representative of all Protestant churches in Iran.
Haik worked very hard to bring the attention of human rights as well as other violations of religious freedom of Christians in Iran with the world.
www.hovsepian.com /about_us.htm   (544 words)

 Bishop Haik disappeared from the streets of Tehran on January 19, 1994.
Bishop Haik disappeared from the streets of Tehran on January 19, 1994.
Pastor Haik Hovsepian-Mehr did not believe in succumbing to government pressure and chose instead to "tell the world" about the plight of Iranian Christians.
Bishop Haik, an Armenian pastor, shared the news of Rev.
www.farsinet.com /dibaj/hovsepian.html   (398 words)

 Campaign Raises Death of Iranian Christian with Embassy
Rev Mehr disappeared on Wednesday 19 January 1994 and news of his death was confirmed when his family received a telephone call from the Tehran Office of Police Intelligence yesterday morning.
Rev Mehr's son was summoned to the coroner's office and shown a photograph from which he identified his father's body.
Rev Mehr's son was informed by the authorities that his father had been murdered on January 20th, the day after he was last seen.
www.jubileecampaign.co.uk /world/ira4.htm   (835 words)

 Repression of Ethnic and Religous Minorities
Replying to questions by the AFP, relatives of pastor Haik Hovsepian-Mehr said that his murder was connected with the important activities of the "Assemblies of God." His body was found on January 20.
In that post he had succeeded Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr of the Iranian Assemblies of God church who was found murdered near Tehran in January.
The predecessor of pastor Tateos Mikailian at the head of this sect, pastor hike Hovsepian was himself murdered in Tehran in January.
www.iran-e-azad.org /english/ethrelrep.html   (1504 words)

 The persecutin of Christians in Iran information sheet
The torture and murder of Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr, the leading figure of the Protestant community in Iran, took place almost immediately after he had worked for the release of Mehdi Dibaj.
Furthermore, in 1993 Haik had publicly appealed to the United Nations to investigate the countless and dreadful abuses of human rights against Christians in Iran.
After Bishop Haik's death, Tateos Michaelian, the senior pastor of St. John's Armenian Evangelical (Presbyterian) church, succeeded him as chairman of the Council of Protestant Ministers.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Agora/3518/iran1097.html   (2211 words)

 Tribute to Martyred Iranian From Church
Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, an outspoken advocate of religious liberty in Iran was murdered in suspicious circumstances.
The service to celebrate Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr's life and ministry was attended by nearly 1000 people from all over Britain, Europe, Asia, the USA and Canada.
Postcards appealing to the Iranian authorities to fully investigate Bishop Haik's death and calling for the end to the persecution of Christians in Iran and further information can be obtained from the Jubilee Campaign office.
www.jubileecampaign.co.uk /world/ira9.htm   (1088 words)

Haik was a man of God who believed in the God-given right of a person to believe according to his conscience.
Bishop Haik, an Armenian pastor, shared the news of Rev. Dibaj's death sentence as well as other violations of religious freedom of Christians in Iran with the world.
Due to the world's reaction, Rev. Dibaj was released on January 16, 1994.
www.mohammadforjesus.org /tetimomy/testmh.htm   (228 words)

 :: Dr. Jobs Mision ::
In January 1994, news of Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr's disappearance created a wave of fear among the Christian community in Iran.
Bishop Mehr's disappearance followed his campaign to have Rev. Mehdi Dibaj's death sentence commuted and have him released from prison.
By the end of January it was understood that Bishop Haik had been murdered.
www.drjobsmission.com /NewsVol05_5.html   (625 words)

Soon after Rev. Dibaj's sentencing, Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr, President of the Council of Evangelical Ministers of Iran and Secretary-General of the Church of the Assemblies of God, issued a public statement listing human rights violations suffered by members of the evangelical Christian community.
Bishop Hovsepian Mehr's statement broke a silence on the persecution of Iran's Christian minority observed by many Christian leaders in Iran, partly because of official pressure but also out of an apparent belief that by not publicizing the abuses to which they and their communities were being subjected they might prevent government reprisals.
In response to Bishop Hovsepian Mehr's statement, and his call to the U.N. special representative to investigate and report on the "denial of religious freedom"32 suffered by Iran's Protestant minority, the government pressured the leaders of all Christian denominations to sign statements attesting to their good treatment in the Islamic Republic.
www.hrw.org /hrw/reports/1997/iran/Iran-05.htm   (6737 words)

 Remember Their Sacrifice
In response, the leader of the Assemblies of God Churches in Iran, Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr (pictured right), alerted the world to the imminent execution and without any explanation Mehdi Dibaj was released.
On the death of Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr he had taken over as the chairman of the council of all the Iranian churches.
It is though that his brave leadership in these difficult days incited the fanatics to kill him.
www.elam.com /articles/Remember-Their-Sacrifice   (612 words)

 Enduring Witnessing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In the early 1990's, Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr was an Armenian pastor in Tehran, Iran.
In December 1993, Bishop Haik was the chairman of Iran's Protestant Council and he courageously sent out an open letter to Western media publicizing fellow pastor Mehdi Dibaj's imprisonment.
Then on January 19, 1994, Bishop Haik disappeared from the streets of Tehran.
www.sermonillustrator.org /illustrator/sermon6/enduring_witnessing.htm   (354 words)

 I Am The Vine
Dibaj was finally freed only after fellow pastor Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, chairman of Iran's Protestant Council, courageously sent out an open letter to the Western media publicizing Dibaj's plight.
But not long afterwards, Pastor Haik disappeared and his murdered body was found.
These faithful men of God, Pastor Dibaj and Pastor Haik, were willing to believe Jesus when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.
www.firstbaptist-wlfd.org /sermon03302003.html   (2279 words)

 UN Commission on Human Rights - Visit by the Special Rapporteur to Iran (Feb 96)
These persons, who were interviewed separately, said that they belonged to the Mojahedin organization and were responsible for the murder of pastor Michaelian, which that organization had ordered with a view to striking a blow at the Iranian State, which the international community would condemn as being responsible for those murders.
Concerning Rev. Hovsepian, it was pointed out that he was abducted six days after the release of Rev. Dibaj and that he had publicly expressed his opposition to the death penalty to which the latter had been sentenced.
Michaelian had subsequently assumed the presidency ad interim of the Council of Protestant Churches of Iran, which was the body responsible for a community consisting partly of Muslim converts whose number was increasing.
www.umn.edu /humanrts/commission/country52/95-add2.htm   (8127 words)

 Foursquare Missions International - Martyred Iranian's Daughter Disappears After Arrest
According to government officials in Iran, Bishop Haik’s body was found by the police in one of the suburbs of Tehran.
At the beginning of July 1994 Tateos Michaelian, Bishop Haik's successor as chairman of Iran’s Council of Protestant Ministers, was also killed.
He was removed from office in 1999 following mounting pressure as it became clear that his department oversaw the murders of Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr, Bishop Tateos Michaelian, and Revd Mehdi Dibaj.
fmi.foursquare.org /articles/517,1.html   (1852 words)

 UN Commission on Human Rights - Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran (Jan 95)
The Government should be asked to conduct a thorough investigation of these murders and to prosecute the perpetrators; the latter should of course benefit from the due process of law guaranteed in the relevant international instruments.
The victims were the Reverend Tatavous Michaelian, Interim President of the Council of Protestant Ministers of Iran; the Reverend Mehdi Dibaj, pastor of the Church of the Assemblies of God; and the Reverend Haik Hovsepian Mehr, President of the Council of Evangelical Ministers of Iran and Superintendent of the Church of the Assemblies of God.
The latter had refused to sign a document declaring that the Churches enjoyed all the rights guaranteed by the country's Constitution, and that the allegations contained in the reports of the Special Representative on the subject were false.
www1.umn.edu /humanrts/commission/country51/55.htm   (11040 words)

 Iranian Christians Multiply After Martyrdoms
It is only after fellow pastor Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, chairman of Iran's Protestant Council, courageously sends out an open letter to Western media publicizing Dibaj's plight that he is freed.
Not long after, Haik disappears and his murdered body is found.
Still, Dibaj refuses to flee and continues his pastoral ministry; soon he meets the same fate.
jmm.aaa.net.au /articles/543.htm   (234 words)

 Persecution? What Persecution?
Mahedi Dibaj was on death row in 1994, charged with apostasy for converting from Islam to Christianity.
He was released, to the joyful surprise of Iran's tiny Protestant community.
Then Tateos Machaellian, who followed Hovsepian- Mehr as leader of Iran's Protestants, was murdered.
tmatt.gospelcom.net /column/1996/09/25   (675 words)

 Reformed Presbyterian Church
Fereshteh’s father, Rev. Mehdi Dibaj, spent nine years in prison before he was convicted of apostasy (leaving Islam) in December 1993 and sentenced to death.
Through an international campaign, long-time friend and advocate Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr gained Rev. Dibaj’s release in January 1994, but the bishop himself was kidnapped three days later and brutally executed.
Bishop Tateos Michaellian, the Presbyterian minister who succeeded Bishop Haik as head of the Iranian Protestant Council, disappeared a few days later and was also executed.
www.rpchurch.org /bnews.htm   (1336 words)

On January 16, 1994, Rev. Dibaj was released from prison after more than ten years, apparently in response to the international pressure generated by the campaign initiated by Bishop Hovsepian Mehr.
After Bishop Hovsepian Mehr's death, Reverend Tateos Mikaelian, senior pastor of St. John Armenian Evangelical Church, took over the position of president of the Council of Evangelical Ministers.
On July 2, 1994, his son received a telephone call informing him that his father's body was in the morgue, having been shot in the head three times in an execution-style killing.
www.hrw.org /reports/1997/iran/Iran-06.htm   (6473 words)

 Amazon.com: "Bishop Haik": Key Phrase page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
These officials were the ones who began calling him Bishop Haik, which even his fellow Protestant clergy adopted afterward.
Several days after his release, Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr, who had organized the campaign for Dibaj's release, was murdered.
defended their "rights" in accordance with the "Islamic principles." One remarkable exception was the courageous human rights appeals made by Bishop Haik Hovsepian Mehr, a leader of the much less "protected" converts to Protestant denominations, discussed below.
www.amazon.com /phrase/Bishop-Haik   (496 words)

 WEA - World Evangelical Alliance Est 1846   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Haik's advocacy gained his release from prison on 16 January 1994.
Iran for nine years before being sentenced to death for apostasy.
An international advocacy campaign led by Iranian Bishop Haik
www.worldevangelical.org /prayerfocus/view.htm?id=707   (803 words)

 Iranian Christians, Who Are They?
Christian leaders have since recognized it as one of the most important documents ever produced by the Church.
Then during the same year, Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, Rev. Mehdi Dibaj and Rev. Tateos Mikaelian were martyred in Iran.
A secular newspaper in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) wrote an article about the reality of Iranian Christians and their persecution in Iran.
www.iranchristians.org /whoarethey2.shtml   (443 words)

 Articles - United Evangelical Christian Fellowship(UECF), New Jersey - Popular Christian Website Telugu Hindi Tamil ...
Secretary of Iran Bible Society Tatwoos Michaelian was killed and nothing is known about his family members.
Iranian Evangelical pastors Mehdi Dibaj and Haik Hovsepian Mehr were murdered and the fate of their families is unknown.
Number of murdered and disappeared Evangelical pastors, preachers and workers is very high.
www.uecf.net /articles/a5.htm   (2388 words)

 Bethel Newsletter - January, 2003
It was only after fellow pastor Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, chairman of Iran’s Protestant Council, courageously sent out an open letter to Western media publicizing Dibaj’s plight that he was freed.
Not long after, Haik disappeared and his murdered body was later found.
Still, Dibaj refused to flee and continued his pastoral ministry; soon he met the same fate.
www.bethelbaptistchurch.net /bbc_events/newslttr_2003Jan.html   (1034 words)

 The Belltower, Samford University
Additional displays honor a half-dozen Christian martyrs of the 20th century, one representing each inhabited continent.
The six--Dietrich Bonhoeffer, May Hayman, Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, Archbishop Janani Luwum, Romulo Saune and Bill Wallace--are also honored in sculptured busts in the Divinity School’s A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.
During the next two years, each will be honored in a series of chapel services inaugurated in November with a lecture by Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orambi in honor of his mentor and predecessor, Archbishop Luwum.
www.samford.edu /pubs/belltower/Jan2005/global.html   (607 words)

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