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S.Con.Res. 16 (114th): A concurrent resolution stating the policy of the United States regarding the release of United States citizens in Iran.

The text of the resolution below is as of May 12, 2015 (Referred to House Committee). The resolution was not adopted.



1st Session

S. CON. RES. 16


May 12, 2015

Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


Stating the policy of the United States regarding the release of United States citizens in Iran.


Statement of policy on release of United States citizens in Iran



Congress makes the following findings:


Saeed Abedini of Idaho is a Christian pastor unjustly detained in Iran since 2012 and sentenced to eight years in prison on charges related to his religious beliefs.


Amir Hekmati of Michigan is a former United States Marine unjustly detained in 2011 while visiting his Iranian relatives and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage.


Jason Rezaian of California is a Washington Post journalist credentialed by the Government of Iran. He was unjustly detained in 2014 and has been held without a trial.


Robert Levinson of Florida is a former Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) official who disappeared in 2007 in Iran. He is the longest held United States citizen in United States history.


Statement of policy

It is the policy of the United States that—


the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran should immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian, and cooperate with the United States Government to locate and return Robert Levinson; and


the United States Government should undertake every effort using every diplomatic tool at its disposal to secure their immediate release.

Passed the Senate May 11, 2015.

Julie E. Adams