roxana saberi returns home; euna lee and laura ling face trial next week

American freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, who was accused of spying for the United States and spent 100 days in prison an Iran, safely returned to the U.S. last week: Journalist who was jailed by Iran returns to U.S.

Last month, she was convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to eight years in prison. But thanks to international pressure and a successful appeal, her sentence was changed to a two-year jail term and suspended for five years.

Meanwhile, American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling still remain detained in North Korea, accused of god-knows-what, awaiting trial and facing up to ten years in prison. Tomorrow marks their 11th week in custody. Where is the outcry? They need more support: Free Euna Lee and Laura Ling. Here is a message from their families:
A message from the Ling and Lee Families:

Dear Friends,

The families of Laura and Euna are moved beyond words by your show of support for our girls. The past 10 weeks have been the most stressful of our lives. We believe that the girls are in no physical danger and for that we a grateful. But as their days in detention progress, we have become increasingly concerned about their well-being and state of mind. Though the girls are strong, we know that they are very very scared.

We know that our government is working very hard to secure their release, but given the sensitivity of the situation and the fact that our two countries have no diplomatic relationship, our families are not making any public comments other than to thank you so very much for coming out to support our girls.

Many of you have never met Laura or Euna, but know that you are standing up for truth and justice. We, the families of the girls, deeply thank you for taking the time to be here to support two girls who just wanted to tell the world a story.

Most appreciatively,
The Families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee
Last week, there were public vigils held on their behalf all around the country, with more planned in the United States for June 3rd -- the day their trial begins in North Korea. Details are still coming together. Keep checking this Facebook group for more details, and what else you can do to help.

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