We in Telegram
Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

Mystery shrouds process of designating US nationals as wrongfully detained abroad

washington — Supporters of two U.S. nationals seen as unjustly imprisoned overseas are raising concerns about what they see as a murky process by which the U.S. government decides whether to designate such individuals as wrongfully detained. Granting a wrongful detention designation to a U.S. national means the U.S. special envoy for hostage affairs is authorized to work with a coalition of government and private sector organizations to secure the detainee's freedom. Hostage rights advocates and relatives of the two U.S. nationals jailed in Iran and Russia tell VOA they want answers as to why the pair have been waiting months or years for a wrongful detention designation, while other Americans jailed in the same two countries have received the designation much more quickly. Designations are granted if a review by the secretary of state concludes that the U.S. national's case meets criteria  defined in the Levinson Act of 2020. One U.S. national whose case has been under review for years is 62-year-old retired Iranian ship captain Shahab Dalili. After immigrating to the U.S. with his family in 2014 upon being granted permanent residency, he returned to Iran in 2016 to attend his father's funeral and was arrested. Iranian authorities sentenced Dalili to 10 years in prison for allegedly cooperating with a hostile government, a reference to the U.S. His family denies the charge. While not a U.S. citizen, Dalili is considered a "U.S. national" under the Levinson Act, by virtue of his lawful permanent resident status. The other U.S. national, whose case has been under review for months, is Alsu Kurmasheva, a 47-year-old U.S.-Russian dual citizen and Prague-based journalist with VOA sister network RFE/RL. Kurmasheva had traveled to Russia last year to visit her elderly mother, but authorities blocked her from departing in June and confiscated her U.S. and Russian passports. They jailed her in October and charged her with failing to register as a foreign agent and with spreading falsehoods about the Russian military, offenses punishable by up to 10 years in prison. RFE/RL and the U.S. Agency for Global Media say the charges were filed in reprisal for Kurmasheva's work as a journalist. Asked about Kurmasheva at a Tuesday news briefing, U.S. State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said the Biden administration remains "deeply concerned" about her detention and believes she should be released. He said a "deliberative and fact-driven process" is underway regarding a wrongful detention designation in her case, but he declined to elaborate. Speaking with reporters last August, Patel said Dalili's case "has not yet been determined wrongfully detained" and declined to say more. There has been no update since then, Dalili's son Darian told VOA. In contrast to the unresolved status of Dalili's eight-year detention, two Iranian Americans whom Iran freed from detention last September in a prisoner exchange with the U.S., and whom U.S. officials declined to name, received wrongful detention designations in what appears to be a relatively quick time. The two individuals, whose backgrounds are revealed for the first time in this report as a result of a VOA open-source investigation, are San Diego-based international aid worker Fary Moini and Boston-based biologist Reza Behrouzi of Generate:Biomedicines. Moini and Behrouzi were among five Americans released by Iran in the September exchange. The first indications that the two had been detained in Iran came from images of them published by news outlets and by White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan as the group traveled to the U.S. via Qatar. A day later, Iran's NourNews site named the two previously unidentified Americans as "Reza Behrouzi" and "Fakhr al-Sadat Moini," but gave no detail of their backgrounds. NourNews spelled Moini's first name differently than "Fary," the name she uses publicly in the U.S. U.S. officials said all five of the Americans had been designated as wrongfully detained, including three previously known detainees who had been jailed for years: Siamak Namazi, Morad Tahbaz and Emad Sharghi. VOA contacted the State Department to ask when, where and why Moini and Behrouzi were detained in Iran, but it declined to provide an on-the-record response. Neither of the two responded to VOA requests for comment sent by email and through their social media profiles. But Behrouzi and Moini were active on their Facebook and X accounts until three months and 11 months respectively before their release, indicating both were detained for less than a year. Upon hearing from VOA about the State Department's silence on Moini's and Behrouzi's detentions in Iran, Darian Dalili said he believes "something is not right" about how they got their designations. "I think a lot of it has to do with the prominent status of these two people, whereas my father [Shahab Dalili] is a regular father of two," the younger Dalili said. Nizar Zakka — a Lebanese American who spent almost four years in what the U.S. said was unjust detention in Iran until being freed in 2019 — has urged the Biden administration to seek Shahab Dalili's release as a wrongfully detained U.S. national. Zakka told VOA he was happy that Moini and Behrouzi were released. But he said their attainment of wrongful detention designations in what appears to be a matter of months, while Dalili has waited years without securing that status, shows the designation process is not transparent. "The public has a right to know how two people freed by Iran in return for the U.S. unfreezing a huge sum of Iranian funds got their designations, whereas Dalili has not," Zakka said. "U.S. nationals like Dalili also should not be left behind," he added.   Russian American journalist Kurmasheva's wait for a U.S. decision on whether she is wrongfully detained after more than six months of Russian imprisonment also contrasts with the case of American reporter Evan Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal. Gershkovich was arrested in Russia on March 29, 2023, on spying charges while working in the country as an accredited journalist. Twelve days later, Secretary of State Blinken announced his determination that Gershkovich was wrongfully detained. Kurmasheva's husband, Pavel Butorin, told VOA he does not know why Gershkovich got his designation so quickly while his wife continues to wait. "The designation of Evan's detention as wrongful was the right thing to do," Butorin said. "But the designation process is opaque, and I don't know where we are in it. I do know the State Department will prioritize those individuals formally designated as wrongfully detained in a prisoner exchange, so the designation is important for Alsu." Hostage rights advocate Diane Foley, president of U.S. nonprofit group Foley Foundation, told VOA she believes a big factor in Kurmasheva's wait for a designation is her dual citizenship. Foley said Gershkovich's case for a designation was clearer because he is solely a U.S. citizen. She said Kurmasheva's Russian citizenship means she is subject to Russian media regulations that the U.S. must examine to determine if she is jailed in violation of the detaining country's own law, one of the criteria of the Levinson Act. "That is what slows everything down," Foley said. "But we are pushing for Alsu to get the designation because she is a press freedom advocate and there is no excuse for Russia to retaliate by detaining her on a technicality."
ATP

Российский теннисист Медведев опустится на строчку в рейтинге ATP

AML check crypto

Gunmen open fire and kill 4 people, including 3 foreigners, in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province

Ballroom culture coming to the Long Beach Pride Festival

Precision in Motion: Exploring Baltic Bearing Company-Riga

Ria.city






Read also

Shocking moment cop ‘punches & pushes’ disabled man in wheelchair after he was ‘spat at’ – as urgent probe launched

WordPress 6.5 gains lastmod date for sitemaps files

Top Advisor to Mahmoud Abbas: ‘Oct. 7 Can Repeat Itself 100 Times … Perhaps Even More Seriously’

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Gunmen open fire and kill 4 people, including 3 foreigners, in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Gunmen open fire and kill 4 people, including 3 foreigners, in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province



Sports today


Новости тенниса
Дарья Касаткина

Касаткина, Андреева и Кудерметова — в тройке лидеров в борьбе за звание лучшей теннисистки



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

«Молитесь, друзья»: сын олимпийского чемпиона Ивана Стретовича погиб во время родов в Новосибирске



All sports news today





Sports in Russia today

Москва

Курсант Пермского военного института Росгвардии принял участие в финале интеллектуальной олимпиады Приволжского федерального округа


Новости России

Game News

Five new Steam games you probably missed (May 20, 2024)


Russian.city


Россия

Запорожская область становится флагманом импортозамещения в России


Губернаторы России
РЭС

Команда «Россети Новосибирск» вышла на #ЗаБег


Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

В Очаково-Матвеевском построят бизнес-центр по городской программе

Массовая драка со стрельбой в Москве попала на видео

Шапки женские вязаные на Wildberries, 2024 — новый цвет от 392 руб. (модель 466)


Создание Сайтов. Создание веб сайта. Создание сайта html. Создание сайтов цена. Создание и продвижение сайтов. Создание сайта с нуля. Создание интернет сайта.

Шапки женские вязаные на Wildberries, 2024 — новый цвет от 392 руб. (модель 466)

«Прыгала, как сумасшедшая»: Юлия Савичева рассказала об исполнении давней мечты в шоу «УТРО. ТНТ»

«Справляюсь только медикаментозно»: мать Тимати призналась в тяжелом недуге


Звонарёва проиграла американке Крюгер в квалификации турнира в Страсбурге

Потапова не смогла пробиться во второй круг турнира WTA в Страсбурге

Российский теннисист Медведев опустится на строчку в рейтинге ATP

Потапова проиграла на старте турнира WTA-500 в Страсбурге



Ставки снова растут: «Выберу.ру» подготовил рейтинг лучших краткосрочных вкладов в мае 2024 года

«СВЯТОЙ ЛЕНИН» УЛУЧШАЕТ ЗАКОНЫ, управляет патентами и улучшает командное планирование в целях учёта интереса всего народа.

Модернизация контейнерных площадок продолжается в Реутове

Олимпийский чемпион Роман Костомаров поздравил победителей номинации «Экскурсия без границ» программы «Лига Экскурсоводов»


В Росгвардии стартовал чемпионат по боксу «Кубок Победы»

Активиста Булатова оштрафовали на 50 тысяч рублей за дискредитацию армии

"Спартак" обыграл "Рубин" со счетом 3:1

Сергей Собянин: Колледжи проведут Дни открытых дверей


Лубянка — Трубная: детские сказки и взрослые ужасы

Слет активистов движения «Пост№1» пройдет в Красногорском филиале Музея Победы

В Польше создадут новую комиссию по расследованию "российского влияния"

Феликс Коробов и Андрей Литягин проведут в Воронеже фестиваль, посвященный Испании



Путин в России и мире






Персональные новости Russian.city
Сергей Шнуров

Любовь Аксенова, Олег Трофим, Сергей Шнуров и другие на премьере фильма «Майор Гром: Игра»



News Every Day

AML check crypto




Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости