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Mr. Donald J Trump
United States of America
Dear President Elect Donald Trump,
On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and its affiliate organizations I extend our heartfelt congratulations to you for your election as the President of the United States.
You are assuming the responsibilities of this most-powerful and honorable office at a time the world needs clear direction from the United States for achieving long-lasting peace and security, especially in the Middle East. The Assyrian people, who are Christians of different denominations and the indigenous people of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, have been victims of genocide by ISIS since its rise in the Middle East. The US government formally recognized this on March 17, 2016 through a formal Press Release by the US Secretary of State, the Hon. John Kerry.
The Assyrian people need your support to return to their ancestral lands and remain a viable segment of the fabric of the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. We need your support to equip and train the Assyrians in Northern Iraq to defend themselves and their homes on their ancestral lands in the Nineveh Plains in a self-governed Assyrian province. We need your support to establish a special zone in the Nineveh Plains for the indigenous people, which should include the areas currently under the control of the Iraqi government army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. For the sake of the defenseless ethnic and religious minorities, the Nineveh Plains should not be turned into a battle-ground for a proxy war between the regional powers, and the Kurds’ struggle for independence.
We need your support to encourage the Iraqi government to approve the creation of the Nineveh Plains province and rebuilding it so that the displaced Assyrian people may return to their homes and live free on their ancestral lands in a self-governed Assyrian province.
Carlo Kooktapeh Ganjeh
Assyrian Universal Alliance Americas Chapter Inc.
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
Dear Dr Rohani, the elected president of our dear nation,
Greetings, … We, the Christian prisoners, would like to congratulate your success in getting elected as our president and becoming the head of the law enforcement in Iran. We ask God’s wisdom and blessings upon you and your office. May your office, having such a delicate and sensitive role, by God’s help, bring honour and glory to our country Iran.
We pray that you may bring freedom of religion to religious minorities of Iran, especially Christians, freedom which would allow us to worship God, the creator of heaven and earth. We wish that we may not be prisoners during your office term, although being in prison just because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is an hour for us.
We pray that God’s fear would be in your heart and his wisdom and grace a light to your feet. May God’s grace help you to go through the challenging years ahead.
Farshid Fathi, Alireza Seyedian, Mostafa Bordbar