As T/S takes its leave, my thoughts are with the three Americans hikers, Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal, who, exactly a year ago Saturday were taken prisoner by Iran. Three hundred and sixty-four days later they remain in prison, Sarah, ill and in solitary confinement.
The three were merely hiking in the Iraq/Iran border region when they were seized by the Iranian national police. For some time it was thought that the hikers had accidentally crossed the border in the forest. Now, some area residents say that the young Americans were inside Iraq when the Iranians themselves crossed the border and seized them — to hold for ransom.
Either way, Shane, Sarah and Josh are innocent of any criminal acts and should have been released long ago. Their families and friends have spent the last year in hell, pleading with Iranian authorities to free #SSJ (as they’re known on twitter), with no success.
I call on the Iranian government to immediately release Sarah, Shane and Josh. Their unjust detention has nothing to do with the issues that continue to divide the United States and the international community from the Iranian government. This is a humanitarian imperative, as these three young people are innocent of any crime. As a signatory to multiple conventions on human rights, the government of Iran should act in line with the principles of justice, and allow Sarah, Shane and Josh to be reunited with their families. This call has been echoed by people in many countries, and is shared by all who respect human freedom and decency.
For those who share the sense of outrage, there are many ways you can help. The place to begin is at the website created their families and friends.
Sarah, Shane and Josh: our hearts and thoughts are with you. Sometime soon, we’ll celebrate your release.
Thanks for reading. Love each other.