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UPDATE 8-Statement on Continued Unlawful Detention of Zakka

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Congress Introduces Resolution Urging Unconditional Release of Nizar Zakka and all U.S. Persons Held Unlawfully in Iran

On May 4, several members of Congress, including the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), introduced H. Res. 317, a resolution calling for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent residents being held for political purposes by the Iranian regime.

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Can ‘Dealmaker’ Trump Resolve the Decades-Old Cuba Property Claims Problem?

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In 1959, as the Castro regime took control of Cuba, they nationalized all property owned by Americans on the island. This remains one of the largest uncompensated confiscations of American owned properties in U.S. history. Resolution of the claims which arose out of those expropriations remains a major obstacle towards normalizing relations with Cuba.

Though the Obama administration announced the renewal of diplomatic relations, and held approximately 4 meetings with the Cuban government to discuss a claims resolution, little to no progress was made towards reaching a settlement. As a new administration takes shape in the White House, many claimants have renewed hope that a deal may be coming in the near future.

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UPDATE 7-The Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:52

On April 13, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued sanctions against Iranian entities 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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‘Trump Will Treat Cuba Like the Dictatorship It Is’

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:16

Trump  RubioTwo months ago, the Trump administration announced a total review of US-Cuba policy. Though there have been several proposals circulating Capitol Hill, it is still unclear as to which direction the new Administration will take in dealing with the Cuban government. 

Little has been said over the past months by the Trump team concerning Cuba, and it seems an official policy will not be clear until several key positions are filled at the State Department and other agencies. Florida Senator Marco Rubio has advocated for a tougher policy towards Cuba and has held at least 3 meetings with the President on the matter. In an article by The Miami Herald, Rubio stated, “I am confident that President Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is and that our policy going forward will reflect the fact that it is not in the national interest of the United States for us to be doing business with the Cuban military.”

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Poblete on the Role of the OAS in Nicaragua

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Monday, 10 April 2017 14:40

LaPrensa ArticleJason Poblete was recently interviewed by one of the oldest newspapers in Nicaragua, La Prensa, about the importance of strong and transparent legal systems to help strengthen democracy.

When asked about the role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in dealing with problems in Nicaragua, Poblete stressed that the most effective advocates for rule of law are in Nicaragua, not in international organizations; however, the OAS could have a constructive role in the process but reforms of the inter-American system are long overdue.

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Lebanon's Foreign Minister on the Detention of US Legal Permanent Resident Nizar Zakka

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:02

Nizar Zakka, a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident from Lebanon, has been held hostage in Iran since September 18, 2015.  

On his way to the airport, the day after he attended an Internet governance conference in Tehran, Nizar was kidnapped by several individuals believed to be associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

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UPDATE 6-Statement on the Continued Unlawful Detention of Internet Freedom Advocate Nizar Zakka

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Friday, 17 March 2017 12:35

Zakka Starts Another Hunger Strike to Protest Continued Delay of Case Review

The following statement was issued on behalf of Mr. Nizar Zakka and his family by Mr. Zakka’s attorney in the United States, Mr. Jason Poblete, regarding the continued delays by Iran in reviewing his case:

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US Congresswoman on Iran Hostages, Including Nizar Zakka

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Friday, 10 March 2017 15:53

On March 9, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen released the following statement on the 10 year anniversary of Robert Levinson’s disappearance in Iran. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s statement points out Iran’s “disturbing pattern” of taking American and dual citizens hostage, including Internet freedom advocate Nizar Zakka.

The press release, found below, can also be found here.

 

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UPDATE 5-The Continued Unlawful Detention of Nizar Zakka

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 20:29

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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US LPR Zakka Meets With Iranian Prosecutor, Lebanese Ambassador to Tehran

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Monday, 20 February 2017 16:06

logoA leading Lebanese newspaper Al-Nahar reports that U.S. Legal Permanent Resident Nizar Zakka recently met with Lebanon’s Ambassador to Iran, Ambassador Fadi Haj Ali, as well as an Assistant Iranian prosecutor assigned to Mr. Zakka’s matter. 

At the request of Nizar’s Iran legal defense team, information was provided that a U.S. NGO - International Relief & Development - is not an entity of the U.S. government. According to Al-Nahar, an Iranian appeals court is supposed to hear an appeal in the near future. The Zakka family remains hopeful for the prompt and unconditional release of Mr. Zakka.

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