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Wife of imprisoned Boise pastor travels to Geneva to address United Nations council


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Naghmeh Abedini

Naghmeh Abedini will go before the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in the next few days to urge member nations to continue to pressure Iran to release her husband, Boise pastor Saeed Abedini.

In a phone interview from Geneva Wednesday, Naghmeh Abedini said she hopes to put a face to the name for those who don’t know her husband or family. The Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice arranged the trip to Switzerland.

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.

Abedini said she expects to speak to the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, but if time does not permit she will be address the council on Monday.

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.

Read more about the Abedini family’s background in Boise in this April article.

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