An international human rights group in Iran called recently for the release from prison of a Christian pastor who was sentenced to death for allegedly changing his religion.

The 11th Circuit Criminal Court of Appeals of Gilan Province, Iran upheld a death sentence on Youcef Nadarkhani, 32, on the charge of apostasy, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran told CNN.

The ICC said another Christian pastor, Behrouz Sadegh-Khanjani, 35, faces a similar charge in an unrelated case. There is fear that he may also be sentenced to death, said.

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