Iran says it will not discuss its nuclear development program when representatives from the country meet with Western negotiators next month.
Some Christian human rights activists are urging the Obama administration to discuss religious freedom issues— especially the plight of Christians imprisoned for their faith in Iran.
While delegates welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United Nations, the health and well being of two imprisoned female converts to Christianity continued to deteriorate in Tehran’s infamous Ervin prison.
Iranian authorities have held 27-year-old Maryam Rustampoor and 30-year-old Marzieh Amirizadeh in Ervin since last March. The women are labeled as anti-government activists, but in actuality they are imprisoned because they have converted to Christianity from Islam.
They are considered apostates and under Iranian law, they could spend the rest of their lives in prison if they do not renounce their Christian faith and return to Islam. The women have refused.
CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane talked to Todd Nettleton, spokesman for The Voice of the Martyrs. Nettleton urges Christians around the world to pray for Maryam and Marzieh, but also to take action on their behalf.
VOM started the Web site PrisonAlert.com to bring awareness to their case. Visitors can write letters to the two women and to President Ahmadinejad in the Farsi language. The web site is prisoneralert.com
The Iranian church is the second fastest growing church in the world today (China is number one). Nettleton says in attempt to stop the spread of Christianity, the Iranian regime has continued a massive crackdown against unregistered house churches throughout the country.
Gary Lane’s interview with Nettleton can be viewed here: