• Petitioning John Kerry (Secretary of State)

This petition will be delivered to:

Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
President Barack Obama

Speak out for Amir Hekmati and help secure his freedom from Iranian prison

    1. Sarah Hekmati
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Hekmati

      Lathrup Village, MI

Amir Hekmati – a loving son and brother, American citizen, and decorated Marine veteran – has been held in Iran’s Evin prison for over three years.

On August 29, 2011, a few days before he was to return home from a trip to Iran to visit his ailing grandmother, Amir disappeared. This was the first time he had seen his grandmother since he was a child. It was also his first trip to Iran. Days later, his discovered that he had been detained by Iranian intelligence forces. He has been languishing in Evin prison since.

In January of 2012, Amir was charged with being an American spy and sentenced to death. In March of 2012, an appeals court lifted the death sentence and ordered a new trial, citing insufficient evidence. Amir languished in solitary confinement for sixteen months, waiting for the opportunity to defend himself. At the time, his family had received no calls, no letters, and knew nothing of his well-being.

In December of 2013, Amir’s new trial finally took place and he was convicted of collaborating with a hostile county presumably because of his service in the United States military. This trial was a secret trial, held behind closed doors. Amir’s was not given the opportunity to defend himself, nor was his lawyer present. In fact, Amir did not find out until April of 2014 that the trial took place and he had been condemned to 10 years in prison.

To make matters worse, while Amir has been imprisoned in Iran, his father in Michigan was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After enduring brain surgery and additional cancer treatments, he recently suffered three strokes that left him hospitalized and requiring rehabilitation. The need for Amir to be released and to return home is immediate.

Please join us in our fight to bring Amir home by signing this petition asking President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the State Department , and our elected officials to do everything they can to bring Amir home – to bring him back to the country he defended, to bring him back to the family that loves him, to bring him back to his father. Before it is too late.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Betty Rokosz LINWOOD, MI
      • 28 minutes ago

      Amir deserves to be free.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Debra Marsh ANCHORAGE, AK
      • about 4 hours ago

      Please do all you can to save Amir. He is an American citizen, deserving the assistance of his country. It's only right that the U.S. do everything in our power to secure his release.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Alicia Schlosser CLIO, MI
      • 2 days ago

      I remember Amir as a young, vibrant child in Cub Scouts with my son. It is unfathimable that he has been detained in Iran for all this time! I plead for President Obama to do whatever is in his means to have Amir released!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • John Maley SALISBURY, NC
      • 3 days ago

      To even consider dialogue with a country unjustly holding an American is unforgivable.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • curtis manchester HONOLULU, HI
      • 3 days ago

      I am a friend of Amir Hekmati and believe in justice. Please release my friend.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.