March 21, 2012
The American Center for Law and Justice reports that as of March 13, imprisoned Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was still alive, as international pressure continues to build calling for his release. The Vice President of Brazil and a Brazilian senator have been working diplomatically with Iran's ambassador to Brazil, attempting to secure Nadarkhani's immediate release from death row. Additionally, United Nations Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmed Shaheed called for Nadarkhani's release during a recent presentation to the Human Rights Council, a call echoed by many other nations in attendance. According to the ACLJ, Pastor Nadarkhani's story has now reached 204 countries and territories around the world, accounting for more than 90 percent of the U.N. member states.