Yousef Nadarkhani was reportedly released from Evin prison on February 26, 2023, as part of a national amnesty in honor of the 44th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Yousef was imprisoned for practising his faith as a convert.
During his imprisonment he was subjected to inhumane living conditions and solitary confinement.
Yousef became a Christian at age 19. His wife Fatemeh is also a Christian convert from Islam. The couple have been fighting for more than 10 years for the rights of their two boys to be recognized as Christians. For the past several years the boys have been denied certificates showing they completed their studies, because they refused to take Islamic classes. In 2019 Yousef went on a three week hunger strike to protest the educational punishment of his children for not participating in Islamic studies.