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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Engaging Iran at the United Nations on Behalf of Pastor Saeed Abedini

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

WASHINGTON D.C. (ANS) -- On June 3 2013, representatives from the American Center for Law and Justice will again appear before the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to heighten awareness of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case.

Saeed Abedini

Abedini is imprisoned in one of Iran’s harshest prisons for his religious beliefs

According to a story by Jordan Sekulow for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), this time around, countries from around the world will be looking into the eyes of Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh.

The ACLJ said over the last few days Naghmeh and ACLJ attorneys have met with various countries and non-governmental organizations at the United Nations raising awareness of Saeed’s plight.

In these meetings, the ACLJ said, Naghmeh has been able to plead the case of her husband with one simple request. “Will you be a voice for Pastor Saeed?”

The ACLJ said responses have been encouraging, as the world begins to respond to the pleas of a wife and mother desperately seeking to have her husband brought home.

In preparation for these meetings and the presentation before the Human Rights Council, the ACLJ and its European affiliate (The European Center for Law and Justice) filed a written submission before the Human Rights Council.

For Monday’s presentation, individuals can watch the live stream of the 23rd Plenary Session of the Human Rights Council between the hours of 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. (GMT) at http://webtv.un.org.

The ACLJ said while recent developments are encouraging, Iran’s continued disregard for its international human rights obligations reflects negatively on all of Islam, a reason for which other Muslim nations should encourage Iran to release Abedini, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen.

The ACLJ said, “We continue to urge all nations to reach out to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and request that he immediately and unconditionally release Pastor Saeed.”

For more information go to www.SaveSaeed.org or www.aclj.org


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Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is "A Sheltered Life."



Additional details on "A Sheltered Life" are available at http://www.ashelteredlife.net. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at jeremyreynalds@comcast.net.

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