General Assembly voices concern over Iranian human rights record

Ahmed Shaheed

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed

The United Nations condemns Iran’s blunt and constant violation of basic human rights of its citizens. “Arabs, Azeris, Baluchis and Kurds and their defenders have all faced rights violations that at times amount to persecution, according to the resolution, with religious minorities such as Christians, Jews, Sufis, Sunni Muslims, Zoroastrians and Bahá’ís.”

Only ongoing international pressure can change the situation and bring about change in Iran’s behavior. Act now and write to your representatives and local officials – it’s not too late to save Pastor Nadarkhani!

[Read More: UN News Centre]

Priest and group of Christians arrested in Ahvaz before Christmas

While Christians of the world celebrate the Birthday of our Lord and Savior, in Iran the righteous and innocent were arrested for the “crime” of being non-Muslim.

Iran Daily Brief reports: “Iranian security forces attacked a home church in Ahvaz on Friday morning, arresting the priest, Farhad Sabokruh, and his wife as well as the entire congregation of the church. The prisoners were sent on two buses to an unknown location.”

It is important to keep remembering and reminding officials and the world of this blunt violation of human rights by the regime in Iran.

[Read More: Iran Daily Brief]

CNN: Iran must stop persecuting minority religions

Roxana Saberi of CNN writes: “According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Iran’s judiciary has ordered the verdict to be delayed, possibly for one year. But Nadarkhani’s supporters hope sustained worldwide pressure will lead to his just and immediate release.

As international criticism has mounted, an Iranian official has alleged that Nadarkhani is being prosecuted not for his faith but for crimes including rape and extortion. Nadarkhani’s attorney, however, says the only charge the pastor has faced is apostasy, and court documents support this assertion.”

Our efforts are making a difference and we must keep the pressure on to ensure Pastor Nadarkhani’s speedy release. Join us and help!

[Read More: CNN]

Our chance to save Pastor Nadarkhani: Iran Delays Death Sentence for Christian Pastor

According to CBN news, the head of the Iranian judiciary instructed the court to delay its decision for another four months, giving is the chance to save Youcef Nadarkhani from execution or a forced conversion to Islam. Please help us bring about his speedy release to the loving arms of his wife and children. Send a letter to world leaders and encourage them to take a stand today!

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[Read More: CBN News]

Pastor Yousef: Convert or die?

The Washington Post discussed Pastor Nadarkhani in an editorial: “Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian cleric facing death for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic faith he never held, has been given a temporary stay of execution. Iran’s top judge, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, instructed presiding Judge Ghazi Kashani to delay carrying out capital punishment for a year in order to give time for Mr. Nadarkhani to recant Christianity and become a Muslim.”

[Read More: The Washington Post]

Iran pastor (Yousef) to remain in prison

Baptist Press updates that an Iranian court had ordered any decision on pastor Nadarkhani to be delayed at least four months, meaning he will be in prison there during Christmas and well into the new year.

It appears as though the media attention and countless letter, faxes, emails have yet to move the Iranian authorities so it is crucial that we keep the pressure on and save Yucef Nadarkhani.

[Read More: BP.com]

Petition to Mr Sadegh Larijani, Chief Justice of Iran

The Christian organization “Christian Solidarity Worldwide” is collecting signatures to petition Mr Sadegh Larijani, Chief Justice of Iran and demand the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from prison. According to CSW, “An upward referral to Iran’s Supreme Leader in October was followed by several weeks of inaction and a subsequent claim  that a final verdict would be reached sometime in mid-December.”

Please take a moment to sign this important petition to the highest legal authority in Iran.