Lawmakers Urge the Return of Iranian Americans
Washington, D.C. - The recent detention of Iranian Americans by the Iranian government has raised deep concern in the Iranian American community. Those detained include Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Ms. Parnaz Azima, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In addition to the concerns voiced by Iranian Americans, Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), as well as three other lawmakers, have urged the government of Iran to release the detainees.
On Friday, May 11th Senator Clinton issued a press release on Esfandiari and Azima. “I urge the government of Iran to release Dr. Esfandiari and end any travel restrictions faced by both Dr. Esfandiari and Ms. Azima and call upon the Administration to raise the plight of Dr. Esfandiari and Ms. Azima with the international community."
Senator Schumer has also expressed his concerns about this issue. “I am troubled by the inexplicable and ill-advised imprisonment of Dr. Haleh Esfandiari by the government of Iran. I strongly urge that government to immediately release Dr. Esfandiari, and issue her travel documents without delay so that she can return to the United States and be reunited with her family.”