UPDATE 25- On Fourth Anniversary of Nizar Zakka’s Abduction

Open Letter from Nizar Zakka, Former Iran Hostage, On the Fourth Anniversary of his Abduction On this day four years ago, kidnappers decided to make September 18, 2015, a turning point in my life. The only motivation was to make me a pawn in their campaign against the emerging spirit of openness in their country, a … Continue reading UPDATE 25- On Fourth Anniversary of Nizar Zakka’s Abduction

UPDATE 24- Son of Hostage in Iran Meets Secretary Pompeo

Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support Of The U.S. Government Yesterday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo delivered remarks at the Department of State to families of American citizens and U.S Legal Permanent residents held captive abroad. Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, who last month testified before Congress a second time about … Continue reading UPDATE 24- Son of Hostage in Iran Meets Secretary Pompeo

UPDATE 23- Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support of the US Congress

Earlier today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism held a hearing titled, "The Status of American Hostages in Iran." Mr. Omar Zakka, the youngest son of Mr. Nizar Zakka, testified before the Committee on Nizar's ongoing unlawful detention. Statement on U.S. Congressional Hearing to  Secure Release … Continue reading UPDATE 23- Zakka Family Appreciates Continued Support of the US Congress

Washington Free Beacon: Families of Hostages with Western Ties in Iran Join Forces

The following article was published in The Washington Free Beacon on October 2. The original publication can be found here. The families of American citizens and dual nationals with strong Western ties held for years in Iran joined forces and met for the first time last week on the sidelines of the United Nations General … Continue reading Washington Free Beacon: Families of Hostages with Western Ties in Iran Join Forces

VOA News: Families Join to Press Iran to Free Detainees With Ties to the West

This article was published by VOA News. The original publication can be found here. Composite image of five Western-linked detainees held by Iran. From left to right: Xiyue Wang, Baquer Namazi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Siamak Namazi and Nizar Zakka. Iran’s practice of detaining foreigners and Iranians with Western ties for alleged security offenses has prompted their … Continue reading VOA News: Families Join to Press Iran to Free Detainees With Ties to the West

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Iranian Official Slams Regime Over Mistreatment of Imprisoned American

The following article was published by The Washington Free Beacon on September 20, 2018. The original publication can be read here. Iranian Official Slams Regime Over Mistreatment of Imprisoned American Public dissent shows cracks in government A senior Iranian official's pointed public criticism of the regime's mistreatment of a U.S. permanent resident imprisoned in Iran for … Continue reading WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Iranian Official Slams Regime Over Mistreatment of Imprisoned American

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

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