Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. This action is yet another shocking breach of Iran’s international obligations, its own constitution, and stated religious values. The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution—a fundamental and universal human right. The trial and sentencing process for Pastor Nadarkhani demonstrates the Iranian government’s total disregard for religious freedom, and further demonstrates Iran's continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. The United States calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion. The United States renews its calls for people of conscience and governments around the world to reach out to Iranian authorities and demand Pastor Nadarkhani's immediate release.

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Posted February 26, 2012 at 11:09 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Our congregation prayed for Pastor Youcef during Sunday mass.

Our priest spoke to the the need to recognize the Lord’s purpose that we are witnessing in Youcef’s witness to Christ.

Regardless of the outcome, Youcef’s persecution for his witness can only strengthen the Body of Christ just as deacon St. Stephen’s witness strengthened His Body.

February 26, 7:34 pm | [comment link]
2. Cennydd13 wrote:

OK, here’s my message to the Iranian authorities:  You claim to respect human rights.  Fine!  Respect the human rights of your citizens by releasing Pastor Nakhardani immediately.  Show the world that you care.  Show the world that you are not hypocrites.

February 27, 10:59 am | [comment link]
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