Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed. There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini — a U.S. citizen — captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard […]
938 days. That’s how long Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been imprisoned in Iran. His crime? He embraced Christianity and started a church. Now, with Pastor Youcef facing the death penalty, his situation is even more precarious.
We reported last week that Pastor Youcef’s attorney has now been targeted by the Iranian regime. He’s been convicted and told he will begin serving a 9 year prison sentence soon. His crime? His work on human rights and his desire to help clients like Pastor Youcef.
On FOX News today, I talked about this issue at lengthy with Megyn Kelly. Make no mistake about it. The circumstances facing Pastor Youcef are now more dire than ever. Without an attorney, he has no legal representation – no advocate to keep him alive and to keep the appeals process going.
Pastor Youcef is a symbol of the persecuted church in Iran. The Iranian regime views Christianity as a political movement, subversive to their regime.
We continue to put pressure on Iran – in this country and abroad. We have heard from more than 50,000 of Americans who want to the U.S. Senate to do what the U.S. House already has done – approve a resolution condemning Iran and demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Pastor Youcef. If you haven’t had a chance to sign on to this petition, you can add your name here.
And, let’s not forget about the international push to keep Pastor Youcef and now, his attorney, in the public and media spotlight. Our Tweet for Youcef campaign is reaching more than two million Twitter accounts daily across the globe, bring the news about Pastor Youcef’s plight to some 211 countries and territories. You can make a difference. Take a moment to sign-up for Tweet for Youcef here.
We know the world is watching. And that’s something that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who controls the fate of Pastor Youcef and his attorney, simply cannot ignore.