Iran releases persecuted Christian pastor Nadarkhani

September 8, 2012 20:41

Iran has released Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani after three years of imprisonment on charges of apostasy.

Iran jailed Nadarkhani in October, 2009 because he had converted to Christianity at the age of 19.Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCRIF) welcomed the release, and called on Iran to release other prisoners.

"USCIRF calls on the government of Iran to comply with its own laws and international standards of human rights and release all other prisoners of conscience,” she said.

USCRIF has classifies Iran as a "country of concern" sine 1999.

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