By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (ANS) -- Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), had the opportunity today (Friday, May 31, 2013), to personally raise American Pastor Saeed Abedini's case before the United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Seated beside Sekulow was Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh.
Pastor Saeed with his wife, Naghmeh
According to a news release, Sekulow told the Council that Naghmeh represents the face of how Iran's persecution of Christians truly has a worldwide impact. In his remarks, Sekulow implored the nations represented on the Human Rights Council to stand up for the most basic of human rights - the right to peaceably assemble in exercise of one's religious beliefs - and urge Iran to release Pastor Saeed.
The 33-year-old U.S. citizen and father of two languishes in an Iranian prison merely because of his religious beliefs, suffering from internal bleeding.
"Today, was the best opportunity we have had to date to raise his case," said a spokesperson for ACLJ.
Also today, the international effort to #SaveSaeed reached another milestone. Over 600,000 people from all over the world have now signed the petition for his freedom at http://savesaeed.org.
"After a week of productive meetings with foreign and U.S. diplomats concerning Pastor Saeed's case, we expect to once again have an opportunity to raise his case before the U.N. on Monday," said a spokesperson for the ACLJ.
Clip from Jordan Sekulow's presentation with Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, seated at his side
On Monday, Jordan Sekulow will once again return to the UN Human Rights Council to deliver remarks on the importance of protecting freedom of expression, once more highlighting Saeed Abedini's illegal imprisonment by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Naghmeh will also deliver remarks to the UN Human Rights Council about the importance of defending those, who like her husband Saeed, are persecuted for their faith. Naghmeh will urge UN member states to take more action on behalf of her husband.
You can get additional details about today's developments and presentation here: http://aclj.org/iran/presenting-saeed-case-wife-naghmeh-before-un-behalf-600-000-strong
The American Center for Law and Justice (http://aclj.org) represents Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, who reside in the United States.