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State Department, White House Spoke Out for Pastor Youcef, Why Not US Pastor Saeed?

An American citizen stands trial before an infamous “hanging judge” after sustaining beatings and abuse by his Iranian captors simply because of his Christian faith. Yet, with his January 21st sham trial and unthinkable mockery of justice at hand, has our government abandoned Pastor Saeed Abedini? The State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and his Press Secretary have failed to call for this American citizen’s release. Yet, we know that each h   Continue Reading...


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Again Free

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was just released in Iran. A leader in Pastor Youcef’s church has confirmed to the ACLJ that Iranian authorities released Pastor Youcef from prison shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Rasht, Iran. He had been re-arrested on Christmas Day in Iran, the first Christmas he would have been able to spend with his wife and two young sons after his nearly three-year imprisonment for his Christian faith. After initially spending 1,062 days behind bars under a death sentence for   Continue Reading...


Congressmen Pitts and Ellison Again Demand Iran Release Pastor Youcef

Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and his family

Representatives Joe Pitts (PA-16) and Keith Ellison (MN-5) released a statement today, condemning Iran for re-arresting Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and demanding his immediate release. This bipartisan statement by both a Christian and a Muslim Member of Congress in defense of religious liberty sends a clear statement that regardless of faith or political persuasion, religious persecution should never be tolerated anywhere in the world. Representatives Pitts and Ellison led the charge to   Continue Reading...


Iranian Media Acknowledges Pastor Saeed’s Faith, Spreads Misinformation

American Pastor Saeed Abedini

Iran’s state-funded Iranian Student News Agency has put out the first Iranian media report about American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s incarceration in Iran. Though the report, unsurprisingly, contains a number of inaccuracies, it does acknowledge that his arrest was for his faith. The report, as translated, states: A person named Saeed Abedini who was sent to start underground house churches inside of Iran was arrested. His wife and kids live in the US and he had also resided in Engl   Continue Reading...


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Re-Arrested, Imprisoned in Iran

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani pictured in Iranian Jail

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was reportedly re-arrested and imprisoned on Christmas Day in Iran. Pastor Youcef had been imprisoned under a death sentence for apostasy for nearly three years before being acquitted and released in September. Now, in a clearly malicious move, Pastor Youcef was torn away from his wife and two young boys on Christmas Day. Fox News confirms, “Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, had been summoned to return back to Lakan Prison in Rasht, the facility where he served t   Continue Reading...


Pastor Nadarkhani: “What Your Prayers Did for Me”

Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and his family

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani recently spoke at an international human rights conference in London about his imprisonment in Iran for his faith. He thanked everyone who prayed for him and his family as he faced execution for apostasy before he was finally released in September of this year. The Christian Post reports: "It is the opportunity for me to share about what the Lord did for me and to thank you because you supported me by your prayers, you supported my family in a very difficu   Continue Reading...


Pastor Youcef’s Attorney Speaks Out

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The night before Pastor Youcef’s attorney was taken into custody and imprisoned in one of Iran’s harshest prisons for his human rights work, he wrote one final letter. He responded to a letter from one of our ACLJ members that we had passed along to him thanking him for his tireless and dedicated work defending Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Below is the English translation of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah’s letter – the last thing he penned before he was imprisoned: I w   Continue Reading...


Iran Freed a Christian Pastor, Now Imprisons His Muslim Lawyer

Dadkhah lawyer of Yousef Nadarkhani

Several weeks ago, many of us rejoiced as Iran — against all odds — released Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani after first condemning him to death for apostasy. Pastor Nadarkhani faced a nightmare that Western Christians (thankfully) have not faced for centuries — a demand to recant his faith or face execution. Pastor Nadarkhani again and again refused to renounce Christ, and just when many of us thought his death was imminent, Iran freed him from prison. But Iran is still Iran, and no   Continue Reading...


UN Demands Iran Release Prominent Human Rights Attorney Who Defended Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah

The United Nations (UN) has released a statement condemning the imprisonment of the internationally renowned human rights attorney who defended Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stated, The UN Human Rights Office is seriously concerned by the arrest and imprisonment of several prominent human rights defenders, journalists and political activists in the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past two weeks. This appears to reflect a further severe   Continue Reading...


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Lawyer Thrown into Prison in Iran

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The Iranian lawyer who successfully represented Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in court, leading to his eventual release and acquittal of apostasy, has been detained and ordered to serve a lengthy prison sentence in one of Iran’s most dangerous prisons. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who represented Pastor Youcef and other religious and political prisoners, had been previously convicted for representing people like Pastor Youcef. He was sentenced to serve 9 years in prison, barred for 10 years   Continue Reading...


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