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House Passes Bill Calling for Taliban to Release Dansville Man

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A resolution calling for the immediate release of Dansville resident Ryan Corbett, who was wrongfully detained by the Taliban in August of 2022 and condemning the wrongful detention of Americans by the Taliban unanimously passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Congresswoman Claudia Tenney authored the resolution, which had 72 co-sponsors.

Tenney has advocated for Ryan Corbett’s well-being and release since she learned of his unlawful detainment. Ryan has been held without charge by the Taliban in Afghanistan since August 10, 2022. He has been kept in a basement cell without regular access to a bathroom, sunlight, or medical care. Tenney worked to get Ryan officially designated as a wrongful detainee by the U.S. Department of State on October 10, 2023. Ryan’s health has rapidly deteriorated in recent months, reiterating the urgent need for his immediate release.

“NY-24 resident Ryan Corbett has been held without charge by the Taliban for over 600 days in a 9-by-9 foot cell in horrendous conditions, causing his health and mental wellbeing to deteriorate rapidly,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Since hearing of his case, I have worked closely with his family, raising awareness of this innocent American’s wrongful detention and calling for Ryan to be immediately released. I once again call on President Biden to bring Ryan home. By passing this resolution today, the House reaffirmed our commitment to securing Ryan’s release and bringing him home to his loving family.”

“I am beyond grateful that this Resolution passed so overwhelmingly today. It’s a testament to the strong bipartisan support that exists to do what it takes to bring Ryan home. Now it’s up to President Biden to take this momentum and turn it into action,” said Anna Corbett, wife of Ryan Corbett.

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