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American Hikers

Well On My Way: Transforming a Hike to Captivity Into a Walk to Freedom

Farah Mawani | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Farah Mawani

"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after ...

Former Detained U.S. Hiker Sarah Shourd Speaks out Against Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.06.2013 | Crime
Christina Fialho

Despite their ties to the United States, Manuel and Christopher have been in immigration detention since last fall. The families of people like Manuel and Christopher are often unable to afford visits because many detention facilities are far away from population centers.

Andrea Stone

American Hiker Imprisoned In Iran Finds California Cells Worse | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

An American freelance journalist who spent more than two years in an Iranian prison said he can relate to inmates in U.S. prisons who face indefinite ...

Iran: Stop Playing Games With My Lawyer's Life

Sarah Shourd | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Sarah Shourd

Mr. Masoud Shafii did everything in his power to defend Josh's, Shane's and my innocence within the parameters of Iranian law. By punishing Mr. Shafii, the Iranian government is sending a message.

Freed From Iran, American Hikers Plan To Marry Each Other In May

AP | Posted 11.14.2011 | Weddings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two American hikers accused of spying and imprisoned in Iran are planning to get married in the spring. Cindy Hickey, the mother of Mi...

Today's Ahmadinejad Is Not the same Ahmadinejad

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

United Nations -- Up until a year ago, most people in Iran and human rights activists outside of Iran accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for all th...

Call to Help the Hikers

Christian Parenti | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Christian Parenti

If you care about solidarity activism, independent reporting and the ability of progressive journalists to work on the frontlines of world events, I encourage you to speak out for two American hikers who are still being held in a 10' x 14' cell in Iran after two years.

Andrea Stone

Moms, Friends of U.S. Hikers Held In Iran Start Solidarity Hunger Strike | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.19.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The mothers of two American hikers held in Iran for nearly two years said they would start a hunger strike in solidarity with their sons...

Giving Thanks for the People Helping Me in Our Campaign to Free the Hikers

Alex Fattal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Fattal

Thanksgiving feels empty with my brother Josh still sitting in Evin Prison in Iran for no good reason. Rather than wallow in his absence I want to reflect on some of the amazing people I'm thankful for.

Iran Postpones American Hiker's Release

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday postponed the planned release of an American woman jailed along with two friends for more than a year, state media...

Marcus Baram

EXCLUSIVE: New Doc On Detained Hikers Offers More Evidence Of Their Innocence | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Scroll down to watch the documentary NEW YORK -- A new documentary about the three American hikers detained by Iran provides new evidence that they w...

Mother of U.S. Hiker Jailed In Iran Expects November Trial

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINNEAPOLIS — The mother of one of two American hikers still jailed in Iran said Tuesday that she's been told they will stand trial in November ...

Ahmadinejad Was Freed Hiker's Captor, Not Saviour

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Iranian President Ahmadinejad has portrayed himself as Shourd's benefactor, but it was his intelligence service that held her for 14 months. He was responsible for her detention without trial.

Iran To Release 1 Of 3 Jailed Americans

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Thursday it will free Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans jailed for more than 13 months, as an act of clemency to mar...

One Year Unjustly Detained

Cindy Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cindy Hickey

One year ago, on July 31, each of us received an unexpected telephone call from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. It was to tell us that our children had been detained by Iranian forces on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Mothers Can Visit 3 Jailed Americans, Iran Confirm

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will allow the mothers of three Americans arrested along the Iraqi border in July to visit them in a Tehran prison, the fore...

What Kind of Mother's Day? A Question for Iran's President

Cindy Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cindy Hickey

Our sons and daughter are still detained in Iran. And the simple fact that they were born in the United States seems to be the only thing that counts for the people who will determine their fate.

Take a Hike: Misconceptions and Machinations Keep Activists Incarcerated in Iran

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

You've probably heard about the three hikers being held in Iran since last summer. Their case has become a political football, highlighting the inhere...

Americans Jailed In Iran Visited By Moms: Prisoners Say Loneliness The Hardest Part

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Three Americans jailed in Iran for 10 months embraced their mothers and spoke of their life in Tehran's most dreaded prison Thurs...

Ahmadinejad Proposes Prisoner Swap For US Hikers

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday proposed a swap of Iranians in U.S. prisons for three American hikers being held in Te...

U.S. Hikers Arrested In Iran Still Not Located: State Dept

AFP | AFP 13 August 2009, 12:26am IST | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US officials do not know the location of the Americans arrested after hiking into Iran from Iraq, state department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wedne...

American Hikers Detained By Iran Have Been Moved To Tehran

The Note | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American hikers detained by Iran after allegedly crossing over from Iraq have been moved to Tehran, a U.S. official tells ABC News. The move may be...

Iran Says 3 Americans Arrested For Illegal Entry

AP | NASSER KARIMI and JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has arrested three Americans for illegally entering the country from neighboring Iraq and a prominent Iranian lawmaker said ...