The American Center for Law and Justice is working with the government and churches in Brazil to secure the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran.
By Jordan Sekulow
5/8/2012 Iran (ACLJ) – Our international efforts to free Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who faces death by hanging because of his Christian beliefs, continue to grow each day. Now, there has been a critical development by a South American nation that has both economic and diplomatic relations with Iran, adding to the mounting international pressure for Pastor Youcef’s release.
I have been in Brazil this week meeting with government officials and participating in interviews with the news media – generating support for Pastor Youcef in a nation that cherishes religious freedom and is working to secure the release of Pastor Youcef.
My wife Anna and I have spoken at several church events to groups of thousands of Christians at Igreja de Deus no Brasil (Church of God) in Brasilia, Brazil eager to assist in the effort to save pastor Youcef’s life. On Monday night I spoke to a group of over 2,000 pastors in Rio, Brazil at Associação Vitória em Cristo.
Our international team was warmly welcomed by Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer in his office in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Through an interpreter, he told me in Portuguese that the Brazilian government took immediate action when it became aware of Pastor Youcef’s plight just weeks ago.
As you may recall, one of Brazil’s largest television networks did an extensive report about Iran’s decision to put Pastor Youcef to death simply because of his Christian faith. I appeared on national television telling the Brazilian people that there’s growing support worldwide and that pressure continues to mount against Iran to free Pastor Youcef.