Three American Hikers’ Evin Blues

Last Thursday, members from the Swiss Embassy in Tehran met with the three young Americans who were arrested last July on Iran’s western borders. The meeting was their third in the past ten months. In their meeting, Swiss diplomats who represent US interests in Iran, had long discussions with the three Americans.

A source close to the families of the three hikers told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that what they have described during this meeting is disturbing. During their detention, the three prisoners’ health seems to have deteriorated for different reasons and they seem to be in poor mental form due to depression caused by their indeterminate state.

Mothers of the three Americans, Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd, and Sean Bauer, have tried for Iranian visas over the past few months. Iranian authorities announced on January 6, 2010 that they would grant visas to the families. But since that time, none of the families have been granted a visa. The said source told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: “Though the Iranian authorities said visas were issued, so far they have used different excuses not to issue the visas. Once they said that the photographs are not done properly, and another time they came up with another excuse. The aging parents of the prisoners are deeply sad and depressed, because they have done their best over the past few months to sound positive in their attempts to establish contact with Iranian government… >>>

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