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Roxana Saberi's 32nd Birthday


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Here's a timeline of key events since Roxana's arrest in January.

Jan. 31 - Roxana Saberi is arrested in Iran

Feb. 10 - Saberi calls her parents in Fargo, N.D. - two quick phone calls - on the second call she asks her parents not to go public

Feb. 28 - NPR breaks the story that she has been arrested on 5 p.m. Newscast and on npr.org

March 1 - NPR's Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon interviews Roxana's father, Reza Saberi, from Fargo

March 2 - Committee to Protect Journalists issues a statement on behalf of Roxana Saberi

March 2 - Committee to Protect Journalists circulates Facebook petition for Saberi's release

March 2 - Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans raises serious concern over Saberi's fate

March 2 - The National Iranian American Council strongly condemns Saberi's arrest

March 3 - Iran's judiciary announces Saberi is being held at Tehran's Evin prison

March 5 - At a news conference in Brussels, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for Iran to release Saberi

March 8 - Saberi gets first visit from lawyer Abdolsamad Khorramshahi

March 9 - Committee to Protect Journalists delivers Facebook petition to Iran's U.N. Mission in New York

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March 10 - Seven major news outlets including NPR, ABC and BBC issue statement on behalf of Saberi

March 31 - Reza and Akiko Saberi (Roxana's parents) visit North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan in Washington, D.C. Senator Dorgan phoned Iran's ambassador to the UN and asked that he expedite the renewal of the Saberi's Iranian passports and their entry into Iran.

March 31 - Reza and Akiko Saberi visit North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy who reiterates his concern and that of North Dakotans for Roxana.

April 5 - Reza and Akiko Saberi go to Iran

April 8 - Saberi is charged with espionage

April 9 - The E.U. presidency issues a statement on Saberi

April 13 - Saberi stands trial behind closed doors

April 18 - NPR's Weekend Edition reports that she has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

April 18 - Secretary Clinton issues a statement on her sentencing

April 18 - In a White House statement, President Obama says he is "deeply disappointed" about the news

April 19 - At a summit in Trinidad, Obama says he is "gravely concerned" about Saberi's well-being

April 19 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls on Iran's judiciary to ensure justice

April 19 - Saberi family retains Shirin Ebadi's law firm, Defenders of Human Rights Center, to join the defense team.

April 19 - The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran urges the Iranian government to end its campaign of detaining and mistreating journalists including Roxana Saberi.

April 20 - Iran's judiciary leader, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, orders the appeals process to be quick and fair

April 21 - Abdolfatah Soltani, a human rights lawyer in Shirin Ebadi's law firm still has no access to Roxana Saberi.

April 23 - Northwestern University holds a rally in support of Saberi

April 23 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations prepares delegation to Iran to seek her release. U.S. Muslims will ask for "gesture of reconciliation" to improve relations

April 24 - World press freedom groups call for Saberi's release

April 25 - Saberi's parents report that Roxana began a hunger strike 5 days ago.

April 25 - Saberi's lawyer appeals

April 26 - Roxana Saberi's 32nd birthday

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