Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Iran's Ongoing Torture of American Pastor, Saeed Abedini

"He is now continually attacked and threatened. The Iranian government should know that we are watching and aware of what they are doing to Saeed inside Evin prison. We need to speak louder until Saeed is home safely on U.S. soil," Naghmeh Abedini said…

On Monday, Abedini told family members during their weekly prison visit that he was severely beaten the day prison officials took him to the hospital. The beatings and internal injuries are causing Abedini to experience frequent fainting spells, he told them.  

Iranian officials are telling Abedini it could be an additional two months before he will receive medical treatment, according to his attorneys.

“Such a delay is inhumane and a gross violation of Iran’s international obligations,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, the organization representing Abedini’s U.S.-based family.

“In addition to refusing to give Pastor Saeed the medical care he needs, it now appears authorities are stepping up their physical abuse and psychological torture. The daily threat that his life could be taken by his internal injuries or by the hands of cellmates, weighs heavily on Pastor Saeed.”

What can you do? 1) Pray. 2) Inform others and urge them to pray. And 3) Write letters to Iranian and American authorities by using the contact info from this previous Vital Signs Blog post.