United Nations Urged to Call on Iran to Release Imprisoned American Pastor
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2013 Feb 13
The American Center for Law and Justice announced Tuesday that its European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, is urging the U.N. Human Rights Council to call on Iran to immediately release American pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving a prison sentence because of his Christian faith, ASSIST News Service reports. In a document filed with the HRC in Geneva, the ECLJ specifically addressed Iran's violations of international law and human rights in the case of Abedini, a 32-year-old U.S. citizen who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. "This filing with the United Nations represents a significant step forward in generating the international attention and pressure needed to secure the freedom of Pastor Saeed," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ and senior counsel of the ECLJ. "By bringing his story before a global audience, it's our hope that member states and other organizations will become a strong voice for Pastor Saeed -- raising the visibility of this troubling case and putting additional pressure on Iran to free him."