ACLJ Launches Massive Letter-Writing Campaign at the UN for Pastor Saeed
American Pastor Saeed Abedini needs your help more than ever before. Today, we are launching a letter-writing campaign to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
For nearly three years, Pastor Saeed has been languishing in a deadly Iranian prison. His crime? Being a Christian.
Suffering and alone, Iranian guards targeted him yet again with another aggressive raid on his prison cell. President Obama has abandoned him, leaving Pastor Saeed and the three other American hostages in Iran, signing the now infamous nuclear deal with Iran.
For far too long, our innocent brother in Christ has unjustly suffered at the hands of the largest state sponsor of terrorism, and for far too long Pastor Saeed has been relegated to the sidelines of international negotiations with Iran.
But there is another chance to change Pastor Saeed’s fate.
In just a matter of days, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be in New York along with Iran’s President for major U.N. meetings. This presents a new opportunity for the international community to act on Pastor’s Saeed’s behalf and demand his release.
As part of our multipronged aggressive advocacy strategy –through our global offices, on Capitol Hill, and at the U.N. – for Pastor Saeed’s freedom, we are launching a massive letter writing campaign.
You write the letter (or sign the one we have drafted), and we’ll send it to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to meet with the President of Iran in New York and pressure Iran to release Pastor Saeed.
The letter we are sending reads:
The United Nations General Assembly facilitates discussion that advances peace and security around the world. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend this year's General Assembly. I respectfully urge you to do everything in your power to meet with President Rouhani while he is in New York and negotiate the release of Saeed Abedini, a pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for three years solely for the peaceful exercise of his faith. Pastor Saeed suffers from injuries sustained in the prison, requiring surgeries that have not been provided. He should be released on humanitarian grounds and allowed to return to his wife and children.
You can sign our letter here, or write your own. Your voice can make the difference. Your letters helped free two imprisoned pastors facing death for their faith in Sudan. We need your help again.
It could mean the difference between Pastor Saeed returning to his family or many more years of unjust torment and solitude on the other side of the world from him wife and children.