- UN, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, State Department, European Parliament, UNHCHR, EU
August 21, 2013--An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country.
Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to "evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles".
He was accused of "crimes against state security".
After being baptised, the man had created a "domestic church" in his home in Rasht in northern Iran. Iranian police found books, CDs and more than 6,000 Bibles at his property.
He had already been arrested in 2009 and found guilty of apostasy but had since been released.
WHEREAS: Momammad-Hadi Bordhar has been sentenced to a harsh prison term for peacefully practicing his rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression as guaranteed in international human rights treaties and covenants to which Iran is a signatory;
AND WHEREAS: Mohammad-Hadi Bordar is therefore a prisoner of conscience;
THEREFORE: We the undersigned demand that the international community bring all possible pressure to bear upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to IMMEDIATELY and UNCONDITIONALLY release Mohammad-Hadi Bordar, vacate the illegal prison sentence imposed on him and drop all charges.
The Free Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar, Iranian Christian Convert petition to UN, Navi Pillay, Ahmed Shaheed, State Department, European Parliament, UNHCHR, EU was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.