Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, tells of a shameful failure by our government—this time centered on the State Department. Recall this case: an American citizen, Saeed Abedini, travelling in Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard, tortured for being a Christian, convicted of being a Christian, and sentenced to eight years in one of Iran’s most brutal prisons for being a Christian.
Last Monday, the UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva. Sekulow describes the salient parts of that meeting.
The Report of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran mentioned Pastor Saeed by name.
The Council permitted our ACLJ affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice, to address the Council on Pastor Saeed’s behalf twice.
Australia spoke out for Pastor Saeed.
[T]he European Union—representing collectively the largest economic entity in the world—called for Pastor Saeed’s release by name[.]
Then came the US remarks:
Silence. Not one word.
By refusing to petition for Pastor Saeed’s release before the UN Human Rights Council, our State Department acted like a lawyer who advocates for his client on the courthouse steps but won’t say anything at all to the judge.
This is just cowardice.