Reports out of Iran is that an Order of Execution may have been written and signed for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.Â Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was arrested for being a Christian Minister and has been living in prison under an execution threat since 2009.Â The father of 2 sons, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been tortured to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam.Â Yet he has refused.Â He has gathered strength in his faith while living in close supervision and in isolation from all others but his tormenters.
We are hearing reports from our contacts in Iran that the execution orders for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani may have been issued.
Pastor Youcefâ€™s situation â€“ an innocent man convicted and sentenced to death for becoming a Christian â€“ has not been this dire since we first brought his case to your attention last year.
It is unclear whether Pastor Youcef would have a right of appeal from the execution order. We know that the head of Iranâ€™s Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, must approve publicly held executions, but only a small percentage of executions are held publicâ€”most executions in Iran are conducted in secret.
There has also been a disturbing increase in the number of executions conducted by the Iranian regime in the last month.
Iran is actively violating its human rights obligations by sentencing and detaining Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. We call on the Iranian government to release Pastor Youcef immediately.
We are continuing to work to help spare the life of Pastor Youcef, and will provide additional updates on his situation as we are able.
Please continue to pray, share his story, and call for his release.
Will you lend your voice to many others and sign this petition to free Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.Â He is living in the Lion’s Den and like Daniel of old he has the same protector.Â But for how long?
UPDATE:Â It is official.Â A warrant of execution has been issued for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.Â It is not known on whether or not the execution of Pastor Nadarkhani has taken place.