Obama Adviser Asks Iran to Release Imprisoned US Pastor

Human rights activists call for tougher stand on human rights abuses
Saeed Abedini and children / ACLJ

An adviser to President Barack Obama recently asked Iranian government officials to release imprisoned U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini amid repeated calls for the administration to take a tougher stand against human rights abuses in Iran.

Beating of American Pastor in Iran Linked to Nuke Talks

Saeed Abedini serving eight-year sentence on religious charges
Saeed Abedini / ACLJ.org

The recent beating and re-incarceration of a hospitalized American pastor in Iran was motivated by the Iranian nuclear talks, Iranian authorities reportedly told the pastor’s family members.

Human Rights Advocates Blast Hillary Clinton

Activists highlight record of inaction during Clinton’s tenure of secretary of state
AP

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.

Congressmen Join Prayer Vigil for Imprisoned American Pastor in Iran

Sen. Cruz and a State Department representative speak out for religious freedom
Ted Cruz at Saeed Abedini prayer vigil / Andrew Evans

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.

Obama Ignoring Religious Liberty Abroad

Congressional testimony and protest highlight administration’s lack of interest in religious liberty
Standing together for Human Rights in Iran / Facebook

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.