Klobuchar-Franken resolution seeks release of hikers in Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken cosponsored a resolution today that urges Iran to release three American hikers, including former Minnesotan Shane Bauer, who were arrested when they crossed into Iranian territory in July.

The hikers, who are all recent college graduates, were taken into custody after apparently entering Iran while hiking in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Iran has maintained that the hikers, two of whom are journalists, broke the law when they illegally entered the country.

The hikers families, however, have maintained that the entry was an innocent mistake.

“These young American hikers simply made a mistake,” said Klobuchar.  “I will continue to press for their release through the State Department and the United Nations. This injustice must end and these Americans must be allowed to return home.”

The hikers, who have been held for more than 50 days, have not been allowed to call their families or to have contact with the Swiss government, which acts as the representative of U.S interests in Iran.

The resolution encourages Iran to grant Swiss consular access to the hikers and asks that Iran allow the hikers to return to the United States  “as soon as possible.”


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  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/28/2009 - 10:02 am.

    I’m sorry, I wish nothing but the best and speedy return home for these folks, but… there are a million and one fantastic places to go hiking in the world and you gotta to Iraq? You gotta go to Iranian border with Iraq? Iraq is a war zone, and the US doesn’t even have diplomatic relations with Iran, and this is where you gotta go hiking?

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