Saeed Abedini

U.S. Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Beaten Again

American detained for nearly three years because of his Christian faith

A U.S. pastor imprisoned in Iran was reportedly beaten again last week as his wife testified before Congress to help secure his freedom.

Wife of U.S. Pastor Imprisoned in Iran: U.S. Must Do More to Free Him

Naghmeh Abedini: ‘Our family has been torn apart over this’

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, prays for her husband's releaseThe wife of a U.S. pastor imprisoned in Iran said Tuesday that American officials must do more to secure his release during the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Tehran, adding that his physical and psychological health has deteriorated after nearly three years in detention. In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Naghmeh Abedini said her husband Saeed continues to struggle with several health issues in prison, including an ulcer, internal bleeding, infections, and poor nutrition. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized Saeed in September 2012, and he was later sentenced to eight years in prison for helping to start Christian house-churches years earlier in the country.

Obama Adviser Asks Iran to Release Imprisoned US Pastor

Human rights activists call for tougher stand on human rights abuses

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.

Human Rights Advocates Blast Hillary Clinton

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

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.