This month I've been highlighting the plight of Imran Ghafur, a Christian imprisoned for his faith in Pakistan. You've written the Pakistani President and the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States. Today, please click here to send a similar email to the Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations.
(From this link, click on the button "Petition Official" on the left, then choose "Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations," also on the left. Details of his case are also at this link. )
Your letter can be extremely short and to the point, simply requesting his release. You may want to ask the Pakistani government to respect Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the following:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."
Please also follow these guidelines from Voice of the Martyrs:
- Be brief.
- Use the correct honorific. (For an Ambassador, "Your Excellency")
- Be yourself.
- Be polite. You are representing Jesus Christ.
- Do not write about politics or criticize governments.
- State a general concern for persecuted believers.
- State a specific concern for one or more prisoners.
Imran Ghafur from Punjab province.
(b) State why you are concerned
(c) State what you would like to see done (released, given medical treatment, etc.).
- Remember to thank them in advance for their positive actions.
- Refrain from quoting Bible verses or preaching.
- Do NOT mention VOM or other organizations as it may be used against the prisoner.
Does writing letters to officials of foreign governments actually make any difference for persecuted believers? An answer from the Voice of the Martyrs website:
"Petitions, e-mails, letters and telegrams show officials that there are people who know and care about what happens to persecuted Christians inside their countries. Some conditions may be improved as a result. In some cases, we have seen prisoners released early after their case received international attention. If the authorities think no one cares, the Christians receive more harassment. Do not underestimate the power of your letter."