US State Dept. help Christians wrongly imprisoned in Sudan
UPDATE 2/8/17 -- With no evidence against him, Petr Jasek, the Czech humanitarian aid worker and Christian missionary who traveled to Sudan with the sole purpose of helping young Christian students who were being persecuted for their faith, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a corrupt Sudanese court system. This is said to be a death sentence for the 52-year-old.
Petr Jasek’s story is not uncommon in Sudan.
Islamic oppression and dictatorial paranoia reigns in Sudan and is targeting our Christian brothers and sisters.
Sudan was place 5th on the World Watch List that ranks countries where Christians face persecution for their faith.
Sudan was given the title as “extreme” for their treatment of believers in Christ. The Sudanese government often resorts to lying in order to mistreat Christians with false imprisonment, harassment, torture, or murder.
Christians face death in Sudan and I’m convinced that it is our work here in the United States that will free them.
Sign our petition demanding freedom for Christians wrongly imprisoned for their faith. When signed, an email will be delivered to the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, the U.S. Embassy in Sudan’s capital city Khartoum, and the newly confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
I will personally make it my mission to make sure your voice is heard.
For more information, please follow Petr's story below.
UPDATE 11/17/16 -- I have good news: Petr Jasek is still alive! But the fight for his life is not over...
Petr’s trial last Monday was cut short and has been suspended until this Monday. Help us use the next few days to pressure the Sudanese government to release him. We succeeded in getting Meriam Ibrahim released, and now we must also succeed with Petr.
One of Petr’s missionary friends from the Czech republic, Thomas Zdechovský, recently informed us, “In recent days his (Petr’s) condition deteriorated." Zdechovský went on to describe how "(Petr) is in terrible physical and mental condition. . . . And there all are afraid that the execution will proceed, because in Sudan human life means nothing.”
The media is largely ignoring this terrible situation. It is up to us to bring attention to Petr’s case.
If we don’t act now, Petr could be sentenced to death or forced to stay in deteriorating conditions where his life is at risk. Please join us now by signing and sharing this urgent petition.
Petr’s family has been in touch with us to tell us that they deeply appreciate what we are doing. They are counting on us to continue to work in his defense!
Petr Jašek, a Czech humanitarian worker and missionary, went to Sudan to help Christians who were being persecuted for their faith. Not long after, he became the persecuted Christian. He has been unjustly imprisoned in Sudan for a year. Now, he is on trial and faces the death penalty.
Please sign this urgent petition demanding Petr Jašek’s liberation.
In November 2015, Petr Jašek learned about the difficult fate of Sudanese student Ali Omer. At a rally in 2013, Omer suffered severe burns. That December, Jašek went to Sudan to contribute financially to Ali's treatment and to help other suffering Christians.
Along with Jasek, three other Sudanese men also face judgement.
The entire process is clearly political; the charges against these men are meant to deter all the regime’s critics. Jašek is the first European who faces such a penalty in Sudan. His imprisonment gives us an opportunity to speak out loudly and collectively against the unjust persecution and imprisonment of all Christians in Sudan.
The Czech government sought an exemption for Jašek, but they had no success. A month ago, the European Union issued a request for the immediate release of their citizens. This petition, therefore, is addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Ambassador of Sudan, the special envoy for religious freedom, and other diplomats.
But all hope is not lost! Two years ago, with your help, Meriam Ibrahim (a Sudanese Christian woman who had been sentenced to death) was liberated! Political efforts, supported by civic engagement, ensured her freedom.
Now, I must ask you to get involved in this case as well. Please join us in demanding the immediate release of Petr Jašek and other Christians from Sudanese prison!
I personally pray that Petr will be at home in time for Christmas with his family. If you can also pray for his safe return to his homeland, I'm sure he would be grateful. As he mentioned in one of his letters from prison: "God has the keys to my cell."
- Statement on Petr Jašek’s case: http://www.releaseinternational.org/media/download_gallery/PP_Petr_Jasek-October2016.pdf
- Resolution of the European Union with a request for the immediate release of Petr Jasek: