HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > Imprisoned Pastor’s Wife Addresses UN Panel

Imprisoned Pastor’s Wife Addresses UN Panel

Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen imprisoned for his faith in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons, testified this week in Geneva, Switzerland, before the United Nations Human Rights Council. Pastor Abedini was arrested by Iranian authorities last year for allegedly being a threat to Iran’s national security and has been subjected to severe interrogations, periods of solitary confinement, and physical assault.

Mrs. Abedini, an Idaho resident being aided by the American Center for Law and Justice, told the UN panel, “My husband has broken no Iranian law…. He simply exercised his fundamental rights that Iran has acknowledged before this body that it would uphold. Iran has kept Saeed imprisoned because he believes in forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ and that whoever accepts this forgiveness of sin can be reconciled to the God of peace and love. This is the God of peace we are all searching for.”

The White House issued a statement in support of Abedini after a FOX News reporter’s question last week: “We have reached out to numerous international partners to raise awareness of Mr. Abedini's case and to press Iranian officials to provide him medical attention and to release him…. As in every communication we send on this case, the Iranians refuse all requests, as they do not recognize Mr. Abedini's U.S. citizenship. We will continue to press for Mr. Abedini's release…"

Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this year on behalf of Pastor Abedini. He declared, “We find it unconscionable that the Iranian government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual, never mind an American citizen, with such enmity and abuse because of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Dr. Wright urged State Department efforts toward Pastor Abedini’s release and safe passage back to the U.S.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 7, 2013

Latest News

The Internet Road to Nowhere

Last week, in the detailed comment that NRB filed with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on the issue of Internet regulation, this question was raised: What would it profit America to gain the world of digital innovation if, in the process, we end up losing our First Amendment soul?

NRB 2015 Media Awards: Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Enter!

NRB is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Annual Media Awards and will be doing so until August 4, 2014. A longstanding hallmark of NRB, the awards program remains one of the association's most valued traditions.

Exhibit Space at the NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention Available Now! Get Yours Today!

Want to place your company or ministry in front of thousands of decision-makers in an ever-growing industry? Then consider exhibiting at NRB’s 2015 International Christian Media Convention.

Available Now: Your Organization's Own Private Lounge or Suite at the NRB 2015 Convention!

Need a temporary headquarters for your organization during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention? Then a Hospitality Lounge is for you!

Christian Radio Veteran Barry Armstrong to Head Victory Radio Network

Longtime Christian radio leader and Spirit FM co-founder Barry Armstrong has been called out of retirement to lead Liberty University’s Victory Radio Network as General Manager.

Senate Democrats Try to Torpedo Hobby Lobby Ruling

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, had some choice words for Planned Parenthood and others working to radically undermine religious liberty in the Senate this week.

Congressman Calls Out FCC on Broadcast Indecency Enforcement

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) put the FCC on notice that he was displeased with the Commission’s enforcement against indecency on the broadcast airwaves.

House Committee Leaders Criticize FCC Chairman’s Process

Top leaders on the House panel with oversight of the FCC issued a sharp rebuke of the FCC Chairman’s leadership. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee...

International Religious Freedom Bill Clears Senate

A bill NRB has supported for several years has been approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate. The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act (S.653), introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Carl Levin (D-MI),

iNRB Student Members Study Abroad in Oxford, England

A select group of iNRB student members recently concluded a two-week study abroad trip to Oxford, England, where they engaged in “one on one” tutorials with a distinguished scholar at Jesus College in the heart of Oxford University.

More News