“Nadarkhani’s wrongful three-year imprisonment was but one of many examples of the Iranian regime’s brutality,” said Senator Kirk. “While we welcome Nadarkhani’s release, we must continue to advocate for those who have been persecuted for standing up for religious and political freedom within Iran. It is imperative that Iranian Government be held fully accountable for its gross violations of human rights.”
In March, Senator Kirk joined Senator David Vitter (R-La.) as an original cosponsor of a resolution, S. Res. 385, which condemns the government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment and sentencing of Pastor Nadarkhani for his religious beliefs. The House passed a similar resolution on March 1 by a 417-1 vote.