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Sign the NEW petition to urge President Obama to take immediate and decisive diplomatic action for his freedom. Time is of the essence!
The CBLJ (ACLJ office in Brazil) came up with a new public advocacy campaign that is very simple and effective. Christian leaders, leaders from the government, and people from all over the world take a picture holding a sign saying SAVE SAEED or FREE SAEED.
VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED has joined them in this campaign! Thank you to those who have already sent their photos!
Let’s ALL be a part of this CAMPAIGN for American Pastor Saeed Abedini! It is very important we keep global attention on him. This will help further the work to obtain his release and quite possibly save his life!
Send us your photo holding the sign to email@example.com with FREE SAEED in the subject line. Remember to include your first, family, or group name and the State, or country you reside in. You can also post it on Facebook here.
You may include others in your photo if you like, such as a group shot with everyone holding the sign. We will share them here, our social media sites, other blogs, websites and with our dear sister, Naghmeh Abedini, Saeed’s wife.
This would be very encouraging for his wife, Naghmeh to know we are still in the fight to help save her husband and have not forgotten the father of her young children! It won’t take much of your time and will be of little or no cost, to be blessing to this family. Get those camera’s out and be Saeed’s VOICE! Please share with others and get them involved. Help SAVE SAEED NOW!
Thank you and may our Lord bless and guide you!
Islamic Republic of Iran
Sept. 23, 2013
Dear President Rouhani,
I have been watching with great concern about the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who is currently a prisoner in your country. He was in Iran working to build an orphanage when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison. His situation has been receiving an increasingly high level of attention in the United States. Unfortunately this publicity has been entirely negative for Iran, with the belief that the primary reason for Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment was because of his Christian faith.
As you may know, as a religious leader I have often spoken (both publically and also privately with our national leadership) about the need for greater understanding and peace among the nations of the world. As you come to the United States this week for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it is my sincere hope that ways may be found to reduce the current tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The announcement on Monday that your country has freed 80 political prisoners is very encouraging. I fear, however, that the current publicity surrounding the continued imprisonment of Pastor Abedini, an American citizen, may further harm the already fragile relationship that presently exists between our two nations.
On September 26, the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment, thousands will attend prayer vigils in more than 70 U.S. cities, calling on your country to release this husband, father and servant of God. I join them by respectfully asking you to release Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions.
Click here to see the original letter.
In advance of new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first trip to the United Nations, Iran has freed a number of political prisoners including one of Iran’s most prominent human rights advocates.
While we of course welcome this humanitarian gesture in Iran, it’s past time for Iran to release Pastor Saeed Abedini. His only crime is his Christian faith, he presents no threat to Iranian national security, and he only wants to return home to his family in Idaho. There is simply no just cause for continuing a prison sentence that violates not only the Iranian constitution but also international human rights conventions.
Fortunately, we’re not alone in believing it’s time for Iran to act. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted this morning for Pastor Saeed’s release.
Ambassador Power is joined by (at this moment) almost [63,000] others who’ve written their own letter to President Rouhani requesting that Pastor Saeed be freed.
There is no better time for President Rouhani to release this American pastor than during his first trip to American soil. Write President Rouhani and be heard for Saeed.
Iran’s new president has promised more moderate reforms. NOW is the time to write to him and appeal for Pastor Saeed’s freedom. Join 62,834 others. Please ask all you family and friends to also join the fight to #SaveSaeed! at the Beheardproject
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews13:3
To locate a prayer vigil near you please visit: savesaeed.org/vigil
To find the nearest prayer vigil location please visit savesaeed.org
WASHINGTON — The wife of an Iranian-American pastor imprisoned in Iran said Monday she was “extremely disappointed” that US President Barack Obama had remained silent on the case.
The statement by Naghmeh Abedini followed reports from Tehran that an Iranian appeals court had upheld her husband Saeed Abedini’s conviction and eight-year prison term.
“The news out of Iran is devastating to our family,” she said in a statement released by the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing the family.
Abedini, a naturalized US citizen who converted from Islam to Christianity, was sentenced to prison in January for his role in establishing underground Christian churches in Iran.
His Iran-based lawyer Nasser Sarbazi said the Tehran appeals court confirmed the verdict.
“As a consequence, the sentence of eight years in prison is definitive from now on,” Sarbazi said.
Naghmeh Abedini, who lives in Idaho with the couple’s two children, said the family would be consulting with lawyers to determine whether to appeal to Iran’s Supreme Court or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader.
She called in the meantime for stepped up international pressure in the case, and sharply criticized Obama for not speaking out on her husband’s behalf.
“My husband is serving eight years in the notorious Evin prison and facing daily threats and abuse by radicals because he refuses to deny his Christian faith,” she said.
“And yet, my president, President Obama, has not spoken a word about him,” she said.
“I am extremely disappointed that President Obama has chosen to remain silent on this critical human and religious rights case of an American imprisoned in Iran,” she said.
Please join the prayer vigil being held in your state on September 26th. More details at savesaeed.org