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Statement by Speaker Boehner on Religious Persecution in Iran

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Statement by Speaker Boehner on Religious Persecution in Iran
WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on reports that Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution by the Iranian regime because he has refused to recant his Christian faith:
“Religious freedom is a universal human right. The reports that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani will be sentenced to death by the Iranian government unless he disavows his Christian faith are distressing for people of every country and creed. While Iran’s government claims to promote tolerance, it continues to imprison many of its people because of their faith. This goes beyond the law to an issue of fundamental respect for human dignity. I urge Iran’s leaders to abandon this dark path, spare Yousef Nadarkhani’s life, and grant him a full and unconditional release.”

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