International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

World Leaders Demand Iran Release Imprisoned Christian Pastor

By Stoyan Zaimov | Christian Post 

Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children. Photo: ACLJ.org

Pastor Saeed Abedini with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children. Photo: ACLJ.org

Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, has met with over 100 Parliamentarians from nearly 50 countries to urge them to sign a letter calling for her husband’s release. This week marks Abedini’s third anniversary in prison, as well as the 70th session of the General Assembly of the U.N. in New York, which Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani will attend.

“We are alarmed by ongoing reports of violations of this fundamental freedom for religious minorities, including Christians and the Bahá’ís. We respectfully ask you to ensure that all individuals in Iran, be they Muslim, Christian, Bahá’í, Atheist, Zoroastrian, Jew or from another faith, can fully enjoy freedom of religion or belief without fear of violence or discrimination,” states the letter, which was signed by 67 Parliamentarians following Abedini’s speech.

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