Son of Citizen Detained in Iran to Bassil: It’s Time to Act

The following editorial was published in The Daily Star on December 13, 2017. Written by the son of U.S. legal permanent resident and internet freedom advocate Nizar Zakka, it appeals to Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil for failing to act.

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UPDATE 19- Zakka Family Appreciates Efforts By Sen. Cruz And Sen. Leahy, Others

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate & Hostage Nizar Zakka

The Senate today approved S.Res. 245, a bipartisan resolution calling on the Government of Iran to release unjustly detained United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens, and for other purposes.

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UPDATE 14- After Learning of Son’s Testimony, Congressional Resolution, Zakka Breaks Hunger Strike After 33 Days

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate Nizar Zakka

After Learning of Son’s Congressional Testimony, Congressional Resolution, Nizar Zakka Breaks His Hunger Strike on 33rd Day

US Legal Permanent Resident and hostage in Iran, Nizar Zakka, concluded his 33-day hunger strike after learning of his son’s testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa on hostages held by Iran, as well as the passage of H.Res. 317, a House Resolution calling for the unconditional release of all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents held hostage by Iran.

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UPDATE 12- As Nizar Starts Third Week of Hunger Strike, Family Pleas for Humanitarian Release

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate Nizar Zakka

As Nizar Starts Third Week of Hunger Strike, Family Pleas For Humanitarian Release

Fifteen days ago Internet freedom advocate Nizar Zakka started his fifth hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest inhumane treatment at the hands of Iranian captors who have held him hostage since September 18, 2015.

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UPDATE 7-The Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

220px-Logo_of_the_U.S._Office_of_Foreign_Assets_Control_(OFAC)On April 13, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) issued a notice that several Iranian entities would be sanctioned for human rights violations. The press release states:

“OFAC also designated the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, a senior official within Iran’s State Prison Organization, in connection with serious human rights abuses in Iran. These designations are pursuant to E.O. 13553, which targets serious human rights abuses by officials of, and persons acting on behalf of, the Government of Iran since the June 2009 Iranian election.”

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UPDATE 5-The Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

Statement on the False Reports Concerning Unlawfully Detained Internet Freedom Advocate Nizar Zakka

The following statement was issued by Mr. Nizar Zakka’s attorney in the United States, Mr. Jason I. Poblete regarding false statements reported by various news agencies on February 22. 

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INTERPOL Case Spotlight

Roberto Bendaña McEwan, a U.S. citizen, is a successful businessman who was born and raised in Nicaragua. He has led and been involved in numerous civil society groups promoting active participation in national politics.

In September 2013, Bendaña was wrongfully charged by the Nicaraguan government  and denied a fair trial. Nicaragua later requested an INTERPOL Red Notice for his arrest.

This is his story.

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