Senior officials from around the world descended upon New York City this week as the United Nations General Assembly commenced its 70th session. Among those leaders, parliamentarians from nearly 50 nations are gathering this weekend for a special session on religious freedom. One of the notable speakers they will hear from is Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini.
According to the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents the Abedini family, Mrs. Abedini will have the opportunity to share her family’s story, which has been one of sorrow and tumult since her husband, a U.S. citizen, was arrested by Iranian authorities three years ago this month and remains brutally imprisoned for his faith in Jesus Christ. As she has in the United States, she will urge these parliamentarians to move their own countries to act on behalf of Pastor Abedini.
In advance of the conference, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, a member of the British House of Lords and a key leader of this International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, stated, “There is a global crisis for freedom of religion or belief. An international problem requires an international response…. Collective action is needed now more than ever.”
The parliamentarians will also discuss ISIS and Nigeria, among other areas of concern, and they will sign a joint resolution reaffirming their commitment to religious freedom worldwide.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 18, 2015