Continued Persecution of Christians in Iran

ICC Note:

“It’s been over a thousand days since Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was imprisoned by Iranian authorities because of his Christian faith,” Voice of America reports. “Pastor Nadarhkahi’s case is one the most egregious in a series of persecutions targeting Christians in recent years in Iran, where several other church leaders have been imprisoned, including Fashid Fathi and Behnam Irani; scores of Christians have been arrested; and churches have been closed.”

7/18/2012 Iran (Voice of America) – It’s been over a thousand days since Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was imprisoned by Iranian authorities because of his Christian faith.  In 2010 he was sentenced to death on the charge of apostasy, a sentence that was upheld in 2011. Human rights monitors report that in prison Pastor Nadarkhani has repeatedly refused to recant his faith in return for freedom.

Pastor Nadarhkahi’s case is one the most egregious in a series of persecutions targeting Christians in recent years in Iran, where several other church leaders have been imprisoned, including Fashid Fathi and Behnam Irani; scores of Christians have been arrested; and churches have been closed.

Remarking on the 1000 days of Pastor Nadarkhani’s imprisonment, U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland repeated the call for Iranian authorities to release him immediately.

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