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Pastor Andrew's Family Advocate for Release

By ACLJ.org1493410131329

In the days following the Trump Administration's acknowledgment of their awareness of American Pastor Andrew Brunson's plight, members of the ACLJ's senior team held numerous meetings on Capitol Hill advocating for Pastor Andrew's freedom. Pastor Andrew Brunson – a U.S. citizen from North Carolina...

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Victory for Elderly Christian Woman in Pakistan

By Shaheryar Gill1493390824741

Our international affiliate, European Centre for Law and Justice’s office, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), has secured another victory in Pakistan. About four months ago, we reported that the OLA’s legal team was representing an elderly Christian woman, Bashiran Bibi, who was assaulted by an...

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Early Hearing for Asia Bibi’s Appeal Denied

By Joseph Williams1493319309843

Earlier this week, the attorney for Christian mom Asia Bibi confirmed that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has declined his client’s request for an early hearing for the final judicial appeal of her death sentence. While this is a heartbreaking development for the Christian mother of five spending...

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ACLJ Urges New UNSG to Recognize ISIS Genocide

By ACLJ.org1493147871070

Yesterday – the day on which the United States and Israel observe Holocaust Remembrance Day – we sent a legal letter to the newly appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations to remind him that genocide is still a very real and ongoing issue and one the international community must stand...

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President Trump Aware of Pastor Brunson’s Plight

By ACLJ.org1493133205340

At Monday’s White House Press Briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the plight of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey. Here’s the full exchange : This is hopeful and encouraging as our team at the ACLJ begins high-level meetings on Capitol...

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Remembering Christ’s Resurrection this Easter

By Jay Sekulow1492088400000

This Holy Week, as I gather together with my family, we celebrate the risen Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross on Good Friday and was resurrected three days later on Easter Sunday, overcoming sin and death for each of us. He was the ultimate Passover lamb. With Easter, we celebrate life,

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ISIS Bombs Christians on Palm Sunday

By Joseph Williams1491936940244

As Christians gathered in Egypt to celebrate Palm Sunday, ISIS (Islamic State) jihadists struck with two bombs. The blasts killed at least 47 and injured more than 100 others. In the minority Christian community increasingly persecuted in Egypt, this is a heartbreaking jihadist terrorist attack...

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Pastor's Wife Receives Letter from VP Pence

By CeCe Heil1491844387532

On the heels of Pastor Andrew Brunson’s wife personal meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concerning the wrongful imprisonment of her husband, she received a personal letter from Vice President Pence assuring that “Andrew’s case remains a top priority of the U.S. government….” In the...

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The Best Way to Remember is to Act

By Palmer Williams1491590281794

On April 7th, 1994, terror broke out across Rwanda. Mobs of Rwandan Hutus armed with machetes marched through the streets with a singular purpose – to “kill the cockroaches.” In a systematic campaign to rid the country of ethnic Tutsis, the slaughter went on for 100 days. Neighbors killed...

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Pastor Andrew Brunson Now Imprisoned 6 Months

By CeCe Heil1491566400000

Today marks six months that American Pastor Andrew Brunson, a United States citizen from North Carolina, has been unjustly held in Turkey. Languishing in a prison cell built for eight, which at times holds as many as 22 prisoners, of which Pastor Andrew is always the only Christian, he wonders if...

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Sudan Ramps Up Persecution of Christians

By Palmer Williams1491494969570

The Christian community in Sudan has faced increased persecution this week at the hands of Sudanese authorities. For years the Sudanese Christian church has encountered church demolitions , property confiscations, and unjust imprisonments , and this week those troubles only intensified. First, the...

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ACLJ Implores Sec. Tillerson to Stop Genocide

By ACLJ.org1490974518941

Millions have been displaced and slaughtered. Christians and other religious minorities have been decimated in the cradle of Christianity, in the region where the Islamic State’s (ISIS) reign of terror brings brutality and genocide. More than 283,000 of you have spoken out and signed our petition.

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Pastor Andrew’s Wife Meets w/ Sec. of State

By Jordan Sekulow1490910297396

The wife of imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson has just met with U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson on his trip to Turkey. The 20-minute meeting took place in Ankara, Turkey as the Secretary of State held a series of meetings with senior Turkish officials. This meeting occurred just a few...

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Update on Efforts for Asia Bibi’s Release

By Shaheryar Gill1490733226854

Five months ago, we sent an emergency advocacy letter to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, demanding that Pakistan release Asia Bibi—the Christian mother of five currently on death row in Pakistan under false charges of blasphemy. The Government of Pakistan has still not taken any action...

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Imprisoned Pastor's Plea to President Trump

By Jordan Sekulow1490717594988

American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey for his Christian faith spoke with U.S. embassy officials today, pleading with President Trump, “please help me.” Pastor Andrew – a U.S. citizen – faces false charges in Turkey of “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”

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ACLJ to UN: Protect Christians from Genocide

By ACLJ.org1489519573605

Today, we took the plight of persecuted Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities to the United Nations Human Rights Council. We spoke out on behalf of the millions of victims of the Islamic State’s historically evil atrocities. One young woman from Iraq who was forced to be an ISIS sex...

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Breaking: ACLJ Takes Brunson Case to UN

By Jay Sekulow1489171759914

Moments ago, we delivered an oral intervention at the United Nations (U.N.) in support of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who is currently in prison in Turkey, facing unfounded charges for his Christian faith. At the same time Turkey’s Prime Minister has broken...

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ACLJ Sends Letter to Ambassador Haley

By ACLJ.org1488489661056

As the Islamic State (ISIS) continues its genocidal campaign to eradicate Christianity and other religious minorities throughout Iraq and Syria, the world’s principal international body, the United Nations, has remained silent. Enough is enough. The ACLJ has been advocating globally for three years...

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Urgent Advocacy for Pastor Andrew Brunson

By CeCe Heil1487264398342

American Pastor Andrew Brunson has now spent more than 125 days wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey. He’s spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and his birthday locked away in a prison cell in Turkey, the only Christian among 19 prisoners confined in a 10-person cell. Now, Pastor Andrew’s daughter has to...

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Defending Genocide Victims at the UN

By Palmer Williams1487001045216

Nine months ago, the ACLJ, in partnership with our European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), filed urgent testimony with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Our written statement outlined the genocidal acts against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria...

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