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Sep. 17ACLJ Defends Christians Facing...

This week – through our affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) – we delivered two critical oral interventions at the U.N. Human Rights Council on behalf of Christians facing the humanitarian crisis as a result of the ISIS genocide, as well Christians facing violent attacks at the hands of Boko Haram and the Fulani Herdsman. In...More

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On October 16, 2014, an appeals court in Lahore Pakistan has upheld the death sentence for a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was falsely convicted of "blasphemy" (speaking against the prophet Muhammad) in 2010. As the lone Christian household in her town, she was targeted for being a Christian when an argument broke...More

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APR // 2018

Save Pastor Andrew Brunson

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American Pastor Andrew Brunson is now facing what could amount to the rest of his life in a Turkish prison.

He has been charged with “Christianization.”

A 62-page indictment – a diatribe against Christianity and Israel – claims that the Christian pastor living out his Christian faith, including through “humanitarian aid, education, and training,” is terrorism. If convicted, he faces 35 years in a Turkish prison – essentially a life sentence for the 50-year-old American pastor.

His trial resumes October 12th. Time is of the essence.

Christianity is on trial. Christianization isn’t terrorism. It’s an absolute outrage.

Pastor Andrew peacefully served the people of Turkey as a Christian pastor – following the law without issue – for 23 years.

We cannot allow Turkey – our supposed NATO ally – to sentence a U.S. citizen to the rest of his life behind bars for being a Christian and living out his faith.

He has now been moved from his prison cell to his house in Turkey as his trial continues, but he must be allowed to come home to America. We're representing Pastor Andrew's family, aggressively working globally for his ultimate freedom.

Petition to Free American Pastor Andrew Brunson

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SEP // 2018

ACLJ Makes Urgent Oral Presentation at U.N. for International Action...

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Sep 12, 2018

704 days. At the time of this writing, that’s how long it’s been since American Pastor Andrew Brunson was initially arrested and has since been detained in Turkey. That’s 704 days of being shuffled in and out...

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ACLJ Returns to U.N. to Request Global Pressure on Turkey to Release...

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Aug 30, 2018

Turkey is holding innocent Christian Pastor Andrew Brunson hostage in direct defiance of the United States and those around the world who believe in and support religious freedom. Pastor Andrew has received no...

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President Tweets Message to Pastor Andrew Brunson Letting Him Know He...

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Aug 17, 2018

Turkey is continuing its gambit to extort the United States, holding innocent American Pastor Andrew Brunson hostage. The Turkish court once again denied another appeal for Pastor Andrew’s release from house...

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Wrongful Imprisonment

An innocent American pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been falsely accused of "membership in an armed terrorist organization and political/military espionage" Even worse - he's now a hostage of the Turkish government.

Pastor Andrew Brunson
is a Christian pastor serving in Turkey for the past 23 years.

N. Carolina

Turkey

While he is a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina, he raised his family in Turkey and dedicated his life to the people in that country.

When he was summoned to the local police station one day, he was unexpectedly detained because he was falsely accused of being a "threat to national security."

Pastor Andrew's first appeal was denied.

HE HAD BEEN HELD WITHOUT CHARGES WITHOUT ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY.

Shortly thereafter, Pastor Andrew was allowed a visit with family. During that visit, Pastor Andrew indicated that - while he’d been stripped of his personal Bible - he was allowed to have a New Testament.

In February 2017, we submitted a written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council requesting their assistance in securing Pastor Andrew's release.

After we petitioned Congress for help, Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the President of Turkey requesting Pastor Andrew's immediate release.

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On February 16, 2017 we sent a letter to the Secretary of State, advocating for Pastor Andrew's freedom.

Pastor Andrew delivered a statement to U.S. embassy officials - who were able to meet with him in the prison - and plead:

Please do not leave me here in prison.

Pastor Andrew's wife meets with the Secretary of State while he's in Turkey, again advocating for her husband's release. She later receives a letter from Vice President Pence, in which he assures her he's taken a
"deep, personal" interest in Pastor Andrew's freedom because of our public outcry.

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Both the President and Vice President raised Pastor Brunson's case three times with Turkey's President.

The Secretary of State later declared that the "U.S. continues to advocate for the pastor's release."

October 2017 marked one year of false imprisonment for American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Dangerously, he has become a hostage at the hands of the Turkish government, with Turkey's President demanding a political enemy's extradition in exchange for the pastor's release.

On March 19th, the prosecutor falsely charged Pastor Brunson with trumped up charges including membership in an armed terrorist organization and political and military espionage in a 62-page indictment wholly lacking any merit.

He has now been moved from his prison cell to his house in Turkey as his trial continues, but he must be allowed to come home to America. We're representing Pastor Andrew's family, aggressively working globally for his ultimate freedom.

598,899

 people have signed our petition for pastor andrew.

There are tens of thousands of signatures from 194 nations and territories across the globe for his freedom. We must stand with one voice and demand this innocent American citizen - a Christian pastor - be immediately released and returned home to America.

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