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IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION PERSISTS: Christian Pastor Still Jailed, No Release Seen
May 13, 2013 - In July 2012 American citizen and Christian pastor Said Abedini was arrested in Iran while travelling to visit family and continuing building an orphanage in the country. The Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested Abedini, confiscating his papers and placing him in jail. In September 2012 he was transferred to Evin Prison where he has endure torture and beatings.
In January 2013 he was tried in court in Iran, charged with compromising national security. The judge in the case sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison because he "undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and ... attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam," according to a January 27, 2013 Fox News report.
Between July 2012 and the resignation of Hillary Clinton, the State Department nor the Obama administration mentioned any concern over Abedini’s arrest and imprisonment. John Kerry condemned the Iranian action shortly after he assumed command of the State Department. The arrest and treatment of Abedini has been referred to as an atrocious human rights violation. The middle-east is rampant with reports of mistreatment of people who hold religious views other than islam there. The American Center For Law and Justice (www.aclj.org) has been an active voice in calling for his release.
Said Abedini’s arrest and treatment has raised the eye brows of many people world-wide because of the implications of islam’s attitude toward other religions. “Being billed as a respectable, peaceful religion by many leaders, such as George W. Bush and Barak Obama, these actions seem to deem otherwise” said one person in a Lomax Report street interview.