The plea for an American-Iranian Christian pastor imprisoned in
Iran is going international -- and that's just one of the
approaches being used to help him.
Saeed Abedini lived in Iran, moved with his wife and two
children to Idaho, then was arrested during a return trip to visit
relatives. He is currently in prison and is being tortured. the American Center for Law
& Justice is taking the case to the United Nations Human
Rights Council. Attorney Jordan Sekulow says they can do that
because they have an office in Europe which is recognized as a
"Because of that we're able
to let all 47 member states that are part of the U.N. Human Rights
Council know officially about Pastor Saeed's case when they're in
session at the end of this month and into next month," explains
Sekulow. "It's an opportunity to confront the countries who may not
be as friendly, as well as friendly countries, with the facts."
Documents filed with the Council, which are posted on the ACLJ
website, indicate Iran is violating treaties it has signed on
"And we break it down for people and then have the action items
that we recommend the Human Rights Council take, which are to
condemn Iran, request the release of Pastor Saeed, and call on Iran
to start recognizing these rights," adds the attorney.
ACLJ is still working with Abedini's attorney who has filed an
appeal and is trying to get him access to a phone so he can resume
communicating with his family. In addition, government officials in
Washingtion, DC, seem to be engaging the issue more.
A bipartisan group of congressional members is now communicating
with the State Department, asking for ramped up efforts for the
release of a Christian -- who is an American citizen -- from an