As the wife of Saeed Abedini, the 33-year-old Iranian-American pastor imprisoned for more than 250 days, testifies before the United Nations's Human Rights Council today, the White House has issued its strongest statement yet advocating for Abedini's release.
Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has spearheaded international advocacy for Abedini with its Save Saeed campaign, highlighted the White House statement, released in response to a Fox News query. It reads:
"We remain deeply concerned about U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini who has been sentenced to 8 years in prison in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs. We can confirm that Mrs. Abedini and her lawyer met with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Eileen Donahoe. We have reached out to numerous international partners to raise awareness of Mr. Abedini's case and to press Iranian officials to provide him medical attention and to release him.We continue to send requests for ...1