GLA ALERT: LADIES IN WHITE JAILED FOR 8 DAYS / ALERTA GLA: DAMAS DE BLANCO DETENIDAS POR 8 DÍAS

From March 6 to early March 14, 2020, two Ladies in White were detained and held in jail without cause, and prevented from having visitors. See below for more details: Desde el 6 hasta el 14 de marzo, dos Damas de Blanco fueron detenidas, encarceladas y alejadas de visitas, sin causa alguna. Véase el documento … Continue reading GLA ALERT: LADIES IN WHITE JAILED FOR 8 DAYS / ALERTA GLA: DAMAS DE BLANCO DETENIDAS POR 8 DÍAS

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

NBC: Family of Cuban-American jailed in Cuba for espionage pleads for U.S attorney, consular visits

** The following story was published by NBC News on September 7, 2018. The original publication can be found here. Family of Cuban-American jailed in Cuba for espionage pleads for U.S attorney, consular visits The case of Alina López Miyares runs into Cuba's policy of considering anyone born in Cuba to be a Cuban national … Continue reading NBC: Family of Cuban-American jailed in Cuba for espionage pleads for U.S attorney, consular visits

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

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