This weekend the effort to save the life of a Christian Pastor – a U.S. citizen – imprisoned in Iran for his faith has reached an important milestone. Over 333,000 individuals have signed the petition to save American Pastor Saeed Abedini at SaveSaeed.org.
When we launched the website just a few short weeks ago we set a goal of obtaining 300,000 signatures before a March 5th meeting at the United Nations (U.N.). We have now met and significantly surpassed this initial goal, gaining nearly 45,000 new signatures this weekend alone.
Hundreds of thousands of you have taken action. You made this happen. But why stop there? Imagine the impact we could have on Saeed’s behalf with 500,000 or even a million signatures.
The life of a loving father, devoted husband, and caring pastor hangs in the balance. Last week, Pastor Saeed’s letter confirmed the unspeakable abuse and torture that he undergoes each and every day of his eight-year prison sentence in one of Iran’s most brutal and deadly prisons.
Pastor Saeed suffers in prison; he is cut off from contact from his wife and young children; he has no voice. Yet, each time someone signs the petition for his freedom, they lend their voice to the fight for his freedom.
We cannot stand idly by as this persecuted pastor suffers at the hands of his brutal Iranian captors.
Make no mistake, when you sign this petition you are making a difference. A few months ago almost no one in the world knew about Pastor Saeed, and now the U.S. State Department and the White House have called for his release. Hundreds of thousands of you made that happen. But more must be done.
Now we are preparing to meet with key world leaders and present Pastor Saeed’s case as the U.N. Human Rights Council prepares to convene. By signing this petition, you are going with us to the U.N.
Your voice urging their action could save Pastor Saeed’s life. We know that international pressure on Iran works. It led to the release of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, and it can work again.
If you haven’t done so already, sign the petition. Time is of the essence. If you have already signed the petition to #SaveSaeed, thank you; but please share SaveSaeed.org on Facebook, Twitter, and through email. After you sign and share the petition, please learn about some other important ways that you can take action for Pastor Saeed.