The U.S. government and some international Christian organizations are pressing Afghanistan to release two men who converted to Christianity, were arrested on apostasy charges, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The U.S. has called on Afghan authorities to respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document endorsed by Afghanistan that upholds freedom of religion. “We continue to call for their release, and frequently raise this issue with the highest levels of the government of Afghanistan, expressing our strong concern,” said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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