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growing public attention in Bulgaria to the case of Iranian refugee who is denied asylum while capital punishment awaits him back in Iran

An Iranian man renounces Islam and converts to Christianity. He begins preaching his new religion in his homeland, and it condemns him to death. Today he applies for protection in Bulgaria, but the authorities refuse him. They say he is not at risk in Iran. Now, Iranian citizen Ali Reza Hassan Beigi Rizi is facing deportation to Iran despite presenting evidence that he has a death sentence against him. He was convicted by the Iranian authorities of preaching Christianity to children and adults. Ali has lived in Bulgaria for years, has a job, rents an apartment and even plays in a popular rock band. Thanks to the urgent intervention of the Ombudsman and many NGOs, the State Agency for Migration will reconsider its decision and Ali will be granted asylum.