Thursday, February 23, 2012

White House, State Dept. Issue Statements on the Case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

ChinaAid Note: China Aid Association calls on all Christians everywhere to pray for our persecuted Iranian brother, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, for God’s grace and peace to continue to sustain him and for God’s mighty hand to save him.


The White House | Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

February 23, 2012

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

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.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/statement-press-secretary-case-iranian-pastor-youcef-nadarkhani




State Department on Execution Order for Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

February 23, 2012

The United States is deeply concerned by reports that a provincial court has renewed the execution order for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Mr. Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence on charges of apostasy and has refused to recant his Christian faith. Such government persecution for simply following one’s faith is common in Iran, where followers of many religious traditions face harsh treatment and severe violations of their religious freedom. We have also witnessed a dramatic increase in the arrest of adherents to the Baha’i Faith recently, as well as an increase in repression of freedom of expression in all forms. We stand with religious and political leaders from around the world in condemning Youcef Nadarkhani’s conviction and call for his immediate release.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/02/184566.htm


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1 comments:

Father God you are the mighty God that sits high but looks low. Lord please protect Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and set him free from his Iran captives. Over turn his conviction of a death sentence. Open the doors of the prison and set Pastor Youcef free in the name of Jesus. You said in your word you are a God that would never leave or forsake us. I thank you father that you have not forsaken or left Pastor Youcef. Father God dispatch your Angels to protect Pastor Yousef.Father return him safely to his family and churh. I ask that you Father meet his every need.

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