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US Congress Calls for the Release of Nizar Zakka
22/06/2017

The Congress, as the highest legislative authority in the United States of America, is calling for the unconditional release of Mr. Nizar Zakka for being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran.

  Source https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/317/titles
 
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The Congress, as the highest legislative authority in the United States of America, is calling for the unconditional release of Mr. Nizar Zakka for being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran. (Full Article: https://www.congress.gov/…/115t…/house-resolution/317/titles). H.Res.317 - Calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran. RESOLUTION 1. Whereas Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has taken as hostages Siamak Namazi, Baquer Namazi, Karan Vafadari, and a fourth not publicly identified United States citizen as well as United States legal permanent residents Afarin Niasari and Nizar Zakka; 2. Whereas Nizar Zakka, a United States legal permanent resident alien and Lebanese national, who is also in a weakened physical state, was unlawfully detained on September 18, 2015, in Iran after attending a women’s Arab Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) conference, at Iran’s invitation, and was later falsely charged of being a spy sentenced to 10 years at the Evin prison; 3. Whereas reports indicate that the Government of Iran is seeking additional payments or other concessions, including relief from economic sanctions, from the families of hostages and their governments as a condition of release, a practice banned by the 1979 International Convention against the Taking of Hostages and other international legal norms: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives: (a) calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release unconditionally Siamak Namazi, Baquer Namazi, Karan Vafadari, Afarin Niasari, Nizar Zakka, and any other United States citizen, legal permanent resident alien, or foreign national being held in Iran; (b) encourages the President to take meaningful action to secure the release of Siamak Namazi, Baquer Namazi, Karan Vafadari, Afarin Niasari, Nizar Zakka, and any other United States citizen, legal permanent resident alien, or foreign national being held in Iran if the Government of Iran does not release such United States citizens, legal permanent resident aliens, and foreign nationals; Full Article: https://www.congress.gov/…/115t…/house-resolution/317/titles
 
 
 
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