Community Asked to Sign Petition for Release of Detained Minnesota Hiker

Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 9:29 am
Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer

Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer

The families of the American hikers being detained in Iran are asking for the support of the community in signing a petition which will be sent to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Mission to the United Nations in an effort to Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal home.

Sign the petition here

Bauer is a native of Minnesota and his mother Cindy Hickey lives in Pine City.  Bauer and the two others accidentally crossed the Iranian border while hiking in Iraq.

The petition states, “The families, friends and supporters of Shane, Sarah and Josh share the deep hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran will show compassion in this unfortunate case and release them as soon as possible.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last month that he would seek leniency for the hikers.

Vigils were held across the country on September 30th to mark the two month anniversary of the hikers detention.  Similar events will be held at the end of every month until they return home.


  1. mary schmidthuber 10/15/09 at 12:02pm

    Shane is my grandson which I love & send him peace & hope & hope he & Sarah & Josh will be returned to ther familys soon. I have tryed to sign the patition but it just says that my e-mail address has been sued & our name has never been on the list. Love you Shane.

  2. Billy 09/24/11 at 9:00pm

    Someone hopefully has helped Mary since her post…

  3. Billy 09/24/11 at 9:07pm

    Three knuckleheads who KNEW what they were getting into. 20 more years in an Iranian prison would have been a better outcome. Stoned or Stupid, same thing..

  4. Billy 09/24/11 at 9:08pm

    Why does one HIKE in Iraq?

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