American sailors – on their knees – hands on their heads – enemy guns aimed at their vessel.
These images should shock and haunt any American.
This week, Iran captured and held 10 American navy personnel overnight. A female sailor was forced to wear a head covering and the Iranians confiscated American equipment.
Video of the arrest and captivity was used as propaganda on Iranian TV – with one Congressman characterizing the events as “Iran’s intentional attempt to humiliate America.”
These images may constitute a violation of Article 13 of the Geneva Convention (III) governing the treatment of prisoners, which would require Iran to protect prisoners against “insults and public curiosity.” That means not taking their photographs and distributing them around the world.
Iran’s leaders have not hidden their motives. The head of Iran’s army boasted they were teaching America a “lesson.” Another senior military commander bragged about making the American sailors "cry" – saying "I saw the weakness, cowardice, and fear of American soldiers myself."
Can America stand for this treatment of her sailors?
Join us and call on Washington to fully investigate Iran's treatment of the American sailors and for possible violations of the Geneva Convention.