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Activists Hail Release of Christian Pastor in Iran

Activists Hail Release of Christian Pastor in Iran

Tehran, Iran

Religion News Service. Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy.

September 26, 2012

Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released September 8 after a six-hour hearing, reported the American Center for Law and Justice, which worked to garner American support for the minister's release. The Christian convert had faced possible execution.

"Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard," read an online announcement from ACLJ.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom welcomed Nadarkhani's release "after being unjustly imprisoned for three years because of his faith," said its chair, Katrina Lantos Swett.

"USCIRF calls on the government of Iran to comply with its own laws and international standards of human rights and release all other prisoners of conscience," she added.

BY ADELLE M. BANKS

 

Religion News Service

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