“The government of Iran continues to engage in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged detention, torture, and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused.”
This is one of many key facts from the newly released 2015 Annual Report the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The Commission is an independent U.S. government advisory body separate from the State Department that monitors religious freedom worldwide and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and the Congress.
A team from the ACLJ briefed USCIRF and provided key information to the Commission as it developed its report.
There are a number of important facts and findings from the 2015 Annual Report on Iran, its persecution of Christians, and American Pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith that are important to note:
The 2015 USCIRF Report also recommended that the United States should support a referral by the UN Security Council to the International Criminal Court to investigate ISIS for international crimes in Iraq and Syria against religious and ethnic minorities.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reiterates what we have been reporting for years.
Iran continues to persecute Christians and other religious minorities.
Iran is holding Pastor Saeed and the other wrongfully imprisoned Americans hostage in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.
We continue working across the globe, with world leaders, and in Congress to defend persecuted Christians and are aggressively fighting for Pastor Saeed’s freedom.
Pastor Saeed is in danger and needs you to be his voice before Congress, the White House, and the international community.
Time is running out. We must demand Pastor Saeed’s freedom.
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