U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini has been shackled by guards at an Iranian hospital and told he must return to prison without receiving vital treatment, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record on human rights came under harsh criticism in Geneva, Switzerland, last week as political dissidents and pro-democracy activists gathered at a conference ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s annual session.
American pastor Saeed Abedini has been moved to a less dangerous ward in an Iranian prison but still faces life-threatening conditions, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) reports.
The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), members of Congress, and a representative from the State Department joined a prayer vigil on Thursday afternoon in front of the White House to protest Iran’s imprisonment of Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and American citizen.
The federal government has not made religious freedom a foreign policy priority in the 15 years since Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act, congressional testimony Thursday morning revealed.
The Iranian government sentenced American pastor Saeed Abedini to eight years in prison for practicing Christianity, the U.S. State Department announced on Sunday.
President Barack Obama’s inauguration coincided with the beginning of the trial of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for practicing Christianity.