(JNS.org) The wife of
imprisoned Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, Naghmeh, made an impassioned
plea for the release of her husband before the United Nations Human Rights
Council in Geneva on Monday.
I do not know the outcome of my husband’s case or whether he will live or die
in Evin prison, I do know that the international community must do more to
ensure that Iran upholds its obligations to protect all human rights for every
individual, regardless of religious creed, nationality, or ethnic
background. I call on this body to do more,” Naghmeh Abedini said,
according to a transcript from the American Center for Law and Justice, a civil
liberties group that has been working for the release of Pastor Abedini.
Abedini was sentenced to eight years in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for his
Christian faith earlier this year. In March, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
called for his immediate release, and a recent State Department report on
International Religious Freedom criticized Iran for his arrest and torture.
arrest and imprisonment is part of a larger crackdown on Christianity in Iran,
which is largely an illegal underground movement in the country. Several
Christian pastors have been arrested, including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani,
Pastor Behnam Irani, and more recently, Pastor Robert Asserian, who was
arrested last week and had his church, Central Assemblies of God Church (AoG),
shut down by Iranian authorities, according to BosNewsLife wire service.