Daughter of Jailed US Pastor Addresses UN Human Rights Council

GENEVA (World Watch Monitor) The daughter of jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson appealed to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last week to help secure her father’s release from prison in Turkey, where he has been jailed for the past 17 months.

Declaring that her father had been “falsely imprisoned for far too long”, his married daughter Jacqueline noted that Brunson “has still not been formally charged with any crime,” as shown in a video posted by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

A long list of undocumented accusations against the pastor have been reported in the Turkish media, including his alleged links to the Islamic network accused of launching the failed July 2016 coup attempt to overthrow the Turkish government. But to date, the Turkish judiciary has withheld any documentation on these charges and failed to release any formal indictment against him.

“I know the allegations against my father are absurd,” Jaqueline continued. “He is not an armed terrorist trying to overthrow any government. My father is a peaceful pastor.” Noting that she had grown up in Turkey, she said: “My family loves and respects the Turkish people, and my father has been dedicated to serving them for over two decades.”

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  • HpO


    According to the gospels & epistles, what persecutors – and their prosecutors – of the fired-up & die-hard followers of Jesus do to them is judge them worthless; hurl jeers & insults at them; say all kinds of evil against them; mistreat them, chain them, imprison them, flog them, torture them; stone, saw or stab them to death. But this, only because of Him and nothing else!

    Or so according to Matthew 5:11, 27:39, 1 Peter 2:23, Hebrews 11:25, 35-38, Acts 7:59,16:23.

    In the case of brother Andrew Brunson, however, that “in an indictment prosecutors presented to the court, [Andrew] Brunson is accused” – INSTEAD –

    (1) “Of committing crimes on behalf of the FETÖ and PKK terrorist group, and obtaining classified state information for political and military purposes”?!

    (2) “[Of making] frequent contacts with Bekir Baz, a fugitive point man for the FETÖ … his aide Murat Safa, and Amnesty Turkey Branch Executive Taner Kiliç, who is also being accused of aiding the FETÖ … [and of] being in contact with retired soldiers, special warfare officers or high-rank executives of the PKK and FETÖ”?!

    (3) “[Of] making speeches praising the FETÖ and the PKK at the church” – “at the Dirilis (Resurrection) Protestant church in Izmir”?!

    (4) “[Of] conducting systematic efforts targeting Kurdish citizens and founding the ‘Kurdish Church of the Messiah,’ where only Kurds are admitted”?!

    (5) “[Of] visit[ing] Ayn al-Arab … Kobani … controlled by the PKK’s Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”?!

    (6) “[Of] organizing the 2013 Gezi Park riots [while] in possession of lists containing … names … [through] whom … he exchanged information through close contacts”?!

    Or so according to Daily Sabah, March 13, 2018, “US priest Brunson faces prison for espionage, aiding FETÖ, PKK terrorist groups”.

  • Robin Egg

    This is nothing but extortion on Erdogan’s part. He wants Gulen back and this is his way of forcing America’s hand to do a trade. Pray for Pastor Brunson and his family.