Home Sitemap
About Us
News
Directories
Services
Contact Us
Ijma3    Calendar of Events Search
Username
Password
 
Member Area
Network
IJMA3 Initiatives
MENA ICT Week
Media
HighTech Road Show 2012
Photo Gallery
Downloads
Arab Internet Freedom
Events



   
===============

===============

===============

===============

===============




IJMA3 Projects






















 










 














 Powered by




 Partners








Guest Members















News Archive
    Back to News Main Page
 

Omar Zakka thanks U.S. Congress for striving to free Nizar Zakka
26/07/2017

The son of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and U.S. permanent resident detained in Iran, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday.

 
 
Article

BEIRUT: The son of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and U.S. permanent resident detained in Iran, testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday. "Thank you for defending human rights as well as paying attention to my father's plight," Omar Zakka, 19, said in his speech to the sub-committee on Middle East and North Africa.

Omar Zakka spoke in front of the committee on behalf of Zakka's family to push for his father's unconditional release. He testified alongside Babak Namazi and Douglas Levinson, family members of other American nationals imprisoned in Iran.

The Foreign Affairs Committee meeting was in support of Resolution 317, issued in the last week of June. This resolution calls for the unconditional release of U.S. nationals and legal permanent residents being held by the Iranian government for political purposes.

"All of us here are committed to doing everything in our power to get your family member's home safely," committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in Tuesday's hearing. Tuesday will mark the 30th day of Nizar Zakka's hunger strike, which led to his hospitalization last week. Zakka has undertaken four previous hunger strikes since he was arrested in 2015. "My dad said he would rather die for his cause than live in injustice," Zakka said. "He won't be forced to do things against his will, including signing forced confessions."

Nizar Zakka was arrested in Tehran in September 2015 after attending a state-sponsored conference entitled "Women in Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship and Employment." He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying on behalf of the U.S. following a closed-door trial in September 2016.

"I plead with you the American people. The people from our ancestral homeland, Lebanon, please do not let my father die in Iran," Omar Zakka said.



#FreeNizarZakka #Invited_and_Kidnapped #الحرية_لنزار_زكا #دعوه_وخطفوه
 
 
 
Copyright © 2004 - 2005 Ijma3, Union of Arab ICT Associations. All rights reserved.