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House Approves Youcef Nadarkhani Resolution

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday condemning Iran for imprisoning Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, while calling for his immediate release.

The resolution passed with a 417-1 vote. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) was the only representative to vote against the resolution, although she later confirmed that she had accidentally voted “no.” Capps’ press secretary, Ashley Schapitl, informed The Christian Post of the mistake and provided a YouTube video which documents Capps’ address to the House of Representatives, during which she acknowledges her mistake and requests that her approval of H. Res. 556 be recorded. The voting record, however, cannot be changed.

The resolution, titled H. Res. 556, was introduced by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) on Feb. 17. The three-page document, initially backed by seven members of Congress, states that the U.S. is “condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the charge of apostasy.”

It also cites Iran’s violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, and further argues that Iran is in violation of its own constitution, which promises freedom of religion.

Since its introduction, the resolution has gained 61 co-sponsors.

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