Sunday, October 23, 2011

UN Rep. Calls on Iran to Release Doomed Pastor; Pastor Faces Death for Converting to Christianity

The Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (October 23, 2011) that a United Nations special representative has publicly called on the Iranian government to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing the death sentence for refusing to recant his faith in Christ.

Nadarkhani faces possible execution for his conversion to Christianity, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

U.N. Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed told the U.N. General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee: "The special rapporteur was particularly disturbed by a recent ruling of the Supreme Court that upheld a death sentence for Yousef Nadarkhani, a Protestant pastor who was born of Muslim parents but converted to Christianity when he was 19 years old."

The ACLJ said growing international pressure has helped keep the pastor alive.

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