UN: Oversee the Safe Return of Iranian Hostages in Syria

Target: The United Nations

Goal: Ensure that Iranian hostages return home safely from captivity in Syria

A group of 48 Iranians being held hostage by Syrian rebels traveled to Damascus on a trip with the International Revolutionary Guards Corps (ICRG), according to media reports. Sources state that the men were all active members of the ICRG, on a mission to train Syrian forces in counterinsurgency methods, while Syrian forces fight an unyielding battle in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Political ideology and entanglement of the detained have made the international community less concerned for the fate of these individuals. Many of those who remain in captivity, however, are aid workers associated with the Libyan Red Crescent.

Regardless of affiliation, the kidnapping of innocent individuals is not acceptable anywhere. As tensions escalate in the area it is best that individuals both connected and unconnected to the Syrian conflict are safely removed before fuel is added to the fire. Humanitarian aid workers, if returned, can find alternative means to distribute items of necessity to forlorn victims in Aleppo. If there is any question as to the detained persons’ involvement in the conflict, they ought to be returned to Iran where their presence will not serve to escalate the violence. Urge the United Nations to act apolitically and oversee the safe removal of nearly 50 detained Iranians within Syrian control.


Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

I urge you today to approve Iran foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s request that the United Nations oversee the safe release of nearly 50 Iranian nationals abducted in Syria and Libya for fear that they will otherwise face persecution. Regardless of their group affiliation, these individuals deserve to return home safely. In no land is the unexplained kidnapping of a person or group to be tolerated. Avoid entanglement of  parties in the Syrian conflict by removing Iranian nationals. It is the responsibility of the United Nations as a neutral, apolitical body to act as a broker for peace and safety of the world’s citizens.

These individuals are currently held captive, unsure as to their own fates. Provide these individuals with peace of mind by providing security as they regain freedom. The decision to release the detained will fall upon Syrian and Libyan captors. Your role is to ensure that they return to their homeland without fear of ambush. Act as a responsible mediator and intervene in assuring Iranian men and women do not experience bodily harm upon their release from captivity.


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