"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."
So today, let's write to the President of Iran, requesting the release of Alireza Seyyedian.
Click here to read about his case. Then on the left-hand side of the page, click "Petition Official" then choose "President," also on the left.
Your email 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.
(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.