American imprisoned in Iran for seven years launches starvation strike, asks Biden to safe launch of People held in Iran
An American imprisoned in Iran for seven years launched a starvation strike Monday to protest his “soul crushing” plight and that of other Americans held in Iraninteresting to President Joe Biden to take motion to safe their launch.
In a letter to Biden from his cell in Evin jail in Tehran, Siamak Prayer stated he’s beginning a seven-day starvation strike to mark seven years since he was ignored of a January 2016 prisoner swap between the U.S. and Iran.
“When the Obama administration unconscionably left me in peril and freed the opposite Americans Iran held hostage on January 16, 2016, the U.S. authorities promised my household to have me safely dwelling inside weeks,” Namazi wrote. “But seven years and two presidents later, I stay caged in Tehran’s infamous Evin jail.”
Namazi accused former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump of getting failed him and criticized Biden for not assembly face-to-face with the families of Americans imprisoned in Iran.
“Previously I implored you to achieve on your ethical compass and discover the resolve to convey the U.S. hostages in Iran dwelling. To no avail,” Namazi wrote. “Not solely can we stay Iran’s prisoners, however you haven’t a lot as granted our households a gathering.”
Namazi stated he was asking Biden to spend one a minute a day for the following week considering the destiny of People detained in Iran, whereas in return he would refuse to eat.
“All I would like sir, is one minute of your days’ time for the following seven days dedicated to excited about the tribulations of the U.S. hostages in Iran. Only a single minute of your time for annually of my life that I misplaced in Evin jail after the U.S. authorities may have saved me however didn’t. That’s all,” he wrote.
“Alas, given I’m on this cage all I’ve to give you in return is my further struggling. Subsequently, I’ll deny myself meals for a similar seven days, within the hope that by doing so that you gained’t deny me this small request.”
Namazi has been held prisoner in Iran longer than every other American in historical past. Iranian authorities sentenced him to 10 years on prices of “collaboration with a hostile international authorities.” The United Nations, human rights organizations and the U.S. authorities say that the fees are baseless and that his detention is an arbitrary violation of worldwide regulation.
His aged father, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in 2016 after having traveled to Iran to attempt to assist his son. He was later launched on medical furlough after which allowed to leave the country in October. Two different U.S. residents are imprisoned in Iran, Morad Tahbaz and Emad Sharghi, in addition to an unknown variety of everlasting U.S. authorized residents, together with Shahab Dalili.
Regardless of his scathing criticism of successive U.S. presidents, Namazi stated the last word blame for his incarceration rested with what he known as a ruthless regime in Iran. He stated he has instructed his “captors” that he by no means forgets “that it was not Obama or Trump who imprisoned me on made up prices” and “that it’s clear whose vile hostage diplomacy has blighted the lives of so many harmless women and men and their households.”
Iran has denied that it has imprisoned People and different foreigners on arbitrary prices and says the instances have been dealt with in accordance with its legal guidelines.
U.S. officers say that securing the liberty of People detained in Iran is a high precedence and that Biden is deeply dedicated to making sure all U.S. residents who’re wrongfully detained overseas can return dwelling safely.
In his letter, Namazi stated he had no phrases to convey “the ineffable ache I’ve endured since Iran took me hostage in October 2015.”
“Nothing I say may probably convey the agony of getting to harden myself to this soul crushing callousness and lawlessness. How does one describe what it feels wish to be stripped of your humanity and handled as some kind of extortionately priced merchandise as a substitute?” he wrote.
“How do I clarify the devastation my household and I are left with after so many half-hearted prisoner offers crumbled final minute, turning freedom right into a chimera?”
Babak Namazi, Namazi’s brother, stated in an announcement that his household “is in fact gravely involved for Siamak’s well being and distraught that he has resorted to such determined measures.”
“Nonetheless, we additionally perceive his frustration with the seemingly never-ending horror he has confronted and help his name on each Iran and the U.S. to lastly attain a deal to safe the discharge of all of the American hostages.”
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