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Trump Poised to Name Long-Awaited Hostage Czar

As Trump celebrates the return of Americans held in North Korea, advocates for hostages in Iran, elsewhere continue to press for action The following article by Susan Crabtree was published in the Washington Free Beacon on May 10, 2018. The long-awaited Trump administration appointment of a hostage czar to coordinate its efforts to win the … Continue reading Trump Poised to Name Long-Awaited Hostage Czar

TV Martí: Lawyers try to clarify situation of American accused of espionage in Cuba

The following interview with attorney Jason Poblete aired on TV Martí on May 7, 2018.  Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Poblete is part of a team of lawyers trying to clarify the case on an American accused of espionage in Cuba. Since Ms. Miyares was detained and held in Cuba in October 2017, she has been … Continue reading TV Martí: Lawyers try to clarify situation of American accused of espionage in Cuba

UPDATE 22- Zakka Family Appreciates Efforts By President Trump & U.S. Congress

Statement on the Trump Administration's Efforts to Secure Release of Hostages in Iran Zakka Family Appreciates Efforts By President Trump & U.S. Congress The following statement was made by Nizar Zakka’s attorney in the United States, Mr. Jason Poblete following the announcement of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA: “After a briefing yesterday … Continue reading UPDATE 22- Zakka Family Appreciates Efforts By President Trump & U.S. Congress

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri to condemn Iran for “kidnapping” Nizar Zakka

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri will issue a statement before May 6 condemning Iran for "kidnapping" Lebanese Citizen and U.S. Legal Permanent Resident Nizar Zakka, Mr. Zakka's brother, said in a statement Saturday. The announcement comes a few days after the U.S. Congress voted 410-2 to approve the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act … Continue reading Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri to condemn Iran for “kidnapping” Nizar Zakka

Hariri raises Zakka with Zarif in a ‘passing’ handshake

In a passing handshake with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday at the Brussels conference on Syria, Prime Minister Saad Hariri brought up the issue of the ongoing detention of Lebanese national Nizar Zakka. The encounter between Hariri and Zarif came as ministers and officials gathered for a group photo at the international "Supporting … Continue reading Hariri raises Zakka with Zarif in a ‘passing’ handshake

Lebanon’s Hariri to Follow Up on Nizar Zakka Case

The following article was published in Asharq Al Awsat on April 23, 2018. The original version can be read here. Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese detainee currently held in Iran, is in “very bad health,” his family members said in a statement presented to Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday. PM Hariri received a delegation from the town … Continue reading Lebanon’s Hariri to Follow Up on Nizar Zakka Case

Nizar Zakka in ‘bad health,’ family tells Hariri

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national currently detained in Iran, is in "very bad health," members of his family said in a statement presented to Prime Minister Saad Hariri Monday. The following article was published by The Daily Star on April 23, 2018. The original version can be read here.  BEIRUT: Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national currently … Continue reading Nizar Zakka in ‘bad health,’ family tells Hariri

UPDATE 21- Zakka Family Thanks Congress For Their Efforts

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate/Prisoner of Conscience Nizar Zakka Earlier today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee convened to markup H.R. 4744 - Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, which was passed by the Committee and now goes to the House Floor for a vote. The measure, if passed by the House, … Continue reading UPDATE 21- Zakka Family Thanks Congress For Their Efforts

Exclusive Interview With Attorney Of U.S. Permanent Resident Jailed In Iran

The following interview appeared in Radiofaroda, the Persian language broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, on February 10, 2018. The White House on Wednesday warned Iran that it will be held responsible for the health of 81-year-old American citizen Baquer Namazi, who was recently sent back to prison after medical treatment. "He remains in urgent need of … Continue reading Exclusive Interview With Attorney Of U.S. Permanent Resident Jailed In Iran

Seriously Ill American Imprisoned in Iran Rushed to Hospital Late Sunday

The following article appeared in the Washington Free Beacon on February 12, 2018. Family fears he could die at any time An ailing 81-year-old Iranian-American who Iranian authorities recently returned to prison against the advice of doctors was rushed the hospital with a racing heart rate Sunday, according to his attorney. Baquer Namazi, who has … Continue reading Seriously Ill American Imprisoned in Iran Rushed to Hospital Late Sunday