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Administration excludes pastor from Iran prisoner list
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 04/28/2013 @ 12:51 am In Faith,U.S.,World | No Comments
(Christian Post) The U.S. State Department’s “virtual embassy” to Iran, which highlights that country’s human rights abuses, has a site listing those jailed for dissent or religious beliefs but it doesn’t include imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been tortured because of his Christian faith.
“Our Virtual Embassy Tehran page has a Faces of Iran site that highlights the cases of dozens of individuals imprisoned in Iran for their political or religious beliefs, their status as a journalist, human rights or women’s defender, their role as a student activist, or for simply exercising their universal human right to speak freely,” department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Thursday. “So we call on the Government of Iran to protect this fundamental human right for all its citizens and to support press freedom by releasing journalists unjustly imprisoned for their work.”
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