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

UPDATE 21- Zakka Family Thanks Congress For Their Efforts

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate 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, would impose additional … Continue reading UPDATE 21- Zakka Family Thanks Congress For Their Efforts

Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to the President Urging Invocation of Global Magnitsky Law in Support of the Nicaraguan People

The following press release was issued by Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on December 1, regarding The Global Magnitsky Law. Cosigners include: Senators Marco Rubio, Robert Menendez, Ted Cruz, Bill Nelson, and Reps. Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, Paul Cook, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Washington, DC) – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) were … Continue reading Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to the President Urging Invocation of Global Magnitsky Law in Support of the Nicaraguan People

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. On behalf of Mr. Nizar Zakka and his family, Mr. Zakka's … Continue reading UPDATE 19- Zakka Family Appreciates Efforts By Sen. Cruz And Sen. Leahy, Others

UPDATE 18- Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate & Hostage Nizar Zakka On behalf of Mr. Nizar Zakka and his family, Mr. Zakka's lawyer in the United States, Mr. Jason Poblete, issued the following statement: Iran negotiated in bad faith, including using innocent civilians such as Mr. Zakka as political leverage during the … Continue reading UPDATE 18- Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

La Prensa Editorial on The Nica Act

On April 5, 2017, U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) re-introduced the Congress a bill which increases sanctions against the Ortega regime for it’s abuses against democracy and human rights.  H.R.1918 - the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017 was motivated by the lack of democracy, rule of law and transparency in Nicaragua, and specifically … Continue reading La Prensa Editorial on The Nica Act

US Congress Approves Measure Banning Ransom Payments for US Hostages Held in Iran

Friday, 23 September 2016 On Thursday, September 22, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, offered an amendment during the Floor debate of on  H.R. 5931 - Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act. The measure, which passed in the House, included an amendment by Rep. Pompeo that prohibit ransom payments to any … Continue reading US Congress Approves Measure Banning Ransom Payments for US Hostages Held in Iran

Subcommittee Hearing: Deplorable Human Rights Violations in Cuba and Venezuela

On November 6, 2015, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a Subcommittee Hearing titled: Deplorable Human Rights Violations in Cuba and Venezuela led by South Carolina Representative Jeff Duncan. Testimony was heard from two panels, with Panel 1 containing witnesses on Cuba and Panel II made of witnesses on Venezuela. Below is a summary … Continue reading Subcommittee Hearing: Deplorable Human Rights Violations in Cuba and Venezuela