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IRAN: Next 24 hours critical to stop execution of Pastor Nadarkhani

IRAN: Next 24 hours critical to stop execution of Pastor Nadarkhani

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is facing execution anytime from Thursday onwards after refusing to renounce his Christian faith. Pastor Nadarkhani has appeared in court three times this week and each time has refused to renounce his faith when asked to do so by the court.Next 24 hours critical to stop the execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

The facts:

– Pastor Nadarkhani is repeatedly being asked by the Iranian court to renounce his faith in order to avoid execution, and that the last chance he will be given to do so is today (Wednesday Sept. 28th), after which he could be executed at any time.

– Pastor Nadarkhani has been charged, and faces execution, solely on the basis of his adopting Christian faith. As such, the Islamic Republic of Iran is violating its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 18 includes a provision for the right to “have or to adopt” a religion, which has been interpreted authoritatively by the UN Human Rights Committee as including the right to change one’s religion.

– Iran’s constitution sanctions Christianity as a legitimate minority faith and asserts that Christians are allowed to freely carry out their religious rites. Article 23 asserts that no one may be “reprimanded simply because of having a certain belief”.

I ask you to join me in doing 2 things immediately:

1st – Use this LINK to email the Iranian embassy, urging them not to go ahead with the execution following the trial.

2nd – Please pray for Pastor Nadarkhani, his family and legal team using the prayer points below:

– For God to stay the hand and change the hearts of the Iranian judiciary, that they would reconsider the death sentence handed down.

– That the international community would swiftly take decisive and effective action on behalf of Pastor Nadarkhani.

– That God would lift up Pastor Nadarkhani.

– For peace, strength and comfort for Pastor Nadarkhani’s family.

– For wisdom and eloquence for Pastor Nadarkhani’s lawyer who is also facing legal difficulties.

– That God would comfort members of Pastor Nadarkhani’s church and denomination.

– That Iranian Christians would not be bound by fear and would keep their eyes fixed firmly on God.

Please act now! For more info on this follow this LINK.


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