International Support for Pastor Youcef Grows as Iran Threatens Churches | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

By Matthew Clark1322693529000

The situation of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani – who remains on death row in Iran for his faith – is gaining increased international attention.

The Mexican Senate is the latest international body to take a stand for Pastor Youcef, stating that it “condemns the death sentence handed down to Yousef Nadarkhani for religious reasons.”

In recent weeks and months, a number of nations and international bodies have joined American leaders in calling for Pastor Youcef’s release. Britain was one of the first nations to speak out against the ongoing atrocity being committed against Pastor Youcef, its Foreign Secretary calling “on the Iranian authorities to overturn his sentence.”

Canada and members of the Uruguayan Senate have also made statements calling for Pastor Youcef’s release. In addition, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Council for the European Union have released statements condemning Pastor Youcef’s conviction and execution sentence. The European Parliament also passed a resolution calling for Pastor Youcef’s release.

We appreciate the willingness of the international community, including the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, to bring attention to Pastor Youcef’s plight, and we urge international Muslim leaders (none of whom have spoken out) to call for Pastor Youcef’s unconditional release.

Yet, as these and other nations and international organizations increase the pressure on Iran to release Pastor Youcef, Iran is renewing its efforts to persecute Christians.

The Minster of Intelligence of Iran recently called house churches a threat to youth in Iran and stated the regime was preparing to crack down on these churches. A similar crackdown occurred right around Christmas last year, and it appears that Iran is preparing more raids again this year.

This news is not only disturbing for Pastor Youcef, the pastor of a Christian house church who awaits final determination on his fate by Iran’s Supreme Leader, but for hundreds of other Christian converts in Iran.

We will continue to monitor this situation, work with the U.S. State Department, and directly assist Pastor Youcef’s attorney in Iran. Please continue to pray for Pastor Youcef and continue to share his stand for his faith and fight for freedom with others.

Latest in
Middle East

JSL - President Trump: ISIS Leader Died Like a Dog

By Jordan Sekulow1572295435533

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died during a U.S. Special Forces raid over the weekend. Last night was a great night for the United States and for the world. A brutal killer, one who has caused so much hardship and death, has violently been...

read more

Radio Recap: Understanding the Conflict in Turkey

By Jay Sekulow1570654077324

There’s been a lot in the news over the last few days regarding the situation with Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we took our time to discuss the very interesting convergence of activity in Turkey. You have Turkey looking to take on Syria, specifically the Kurds in...

read more

JSL: Iran Attacks Saudi Arabia. U.S. “Locked and Loaded”

By Jordan Sekulow1568663615501

In breaking news, Iran directly attacked Saudi Arabia, and according to President Trump, the U.S. is “locked and loaded.” On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed an attack Saturday on a Saudi oil facility, drastically affecting oil output. It was initially believed to be a drone attack by the...

read more

Taliban Peace Deal was Not A Deal

By Wesley Smith1568152594036

President Trump decided over the weekend to cancel secret, direct talks with leaders of the Taliban, after yet another suicide bombing that killed another U.S. soldier. While the talks, scheduled for Camp David, were a secret—the efforts for a “peace deal” with the Taliban has been very public and...

read more