Boisean Naghmeh Abedini traveled to Geneva to speak to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council about her husband, Boise pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since September.
“For nearly a year, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to silence my husband, Saeed Abedini, through illegal imprisonment, torture and threats against our family,” told the UN council. “Why is he being held? Because he exercised his rights of religious freedom, expression and peaceful assembly.”
Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old Boise pastor, was convicted in January of the crime of promoting Christianity through house churches. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Abedini’s wife says her husband was in Iran last summer visiting family and helping to build an orphanage — not involved in house churches — when he was put under house arrest. He was imprisoned in September.
Naghmeh Abedini and supporters are hoping to ramp up pressure against Iranian officials before elections on June 14. Demonstrations are being organized June 13 at Iranian embassies around the world.
Read more about the Abedini family’s background in Boise in this April article.