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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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varian Thu 03-Jan-19 11:54:44

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British charity worker jailed in Iran, has announced she will start a hunger strike on 14 January after being refused access to medical help, according to a letter published by an Iranian rights charity.

Writing from Tehran’s Evian prison, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe said she will start the three-day strike with fellow inmate and prominent rights activist Narges Mohammadi but continue it until their demands are met.

The British dual national and mother-of-one has been behind bars since she was arrested from Tehran airport while on holiday visiting family in April 2016.

The letter, published by Tehran-based Defenders of Human Rights Centre, said both women had been barred access to medication and treatment “despite frequent requests” and appeals to relevant authorities.

“In protest against this illegal, inhuman and non-religious practice, and due to concerns about our health and our lives, we will go on hunger strike for three days from 24 to 26 Dey 1397 [14 to 16 January 2019] and ask for immediate care,” the letter said.

The 28 December marked her 1,000th day behind bars.

EllanVannin Thu 03-Jan-19 12:04:09

This is a terrible state of affairs as the longer it goes on the less likely it is that Iran will bow to any pressure from the UK .

What is Iran up to I ask myself and what will their next move be ?

EllanVannin Thu 03-Jan-19 12:12:09

A ransom of £500million with interest was the last demand from Iran in exchange for the woman's freedom. This was the back-end of last year. Some hope !

tickingbird Fri 04-Jan-19 09:38:27

It brings it home how lucky we all are. It’s unbearable what some people go through. My thoughts and prayers are with this lady.

Urmstongran Fri 04-Jan-19 09:46:26

Am I the only one who thinks there’s more to this whole story than meets the eye?

Chewbacca Fri 04-Jan-19 09:50:23

No Urmstongran, you're not.

EllanVannin Fri 04-Jan-19 09:55:57

Urmstongran I tend to think the same with many of these kind of cases but this one I'm not sure of. Because the woman is a British/Iranian I would say that it's because officials in Iran have been over-zealous in their thinking. Spying ? I don't think so. There's no reasoning with them.

Jaycee5 Fri 04-Jan-19 10:05:27

I think that the US's treatment of Iran hasn't helped. I am sure that they lump us in with them.
Iran is a troublesome country so far as human rights are concerned but it was moving in the right election and, although I don't join in the hero worship of Obama, he was right on Iran. Progress was slow but was being made.
We can't treat a country as a pariah state, be an ally of a country that imposes sanctions on them without cause (not that we have a choice in being an ally of the US) and expect them to behave rationally in response.
I read an article by a man who had recently been released and he was objecting to the Foreign Office taking credit for his release as he had made a decision not to ask them for help as he thought that with relations as they currently are the involvement of the Foreign Office just makes Iran dig its heels in. His approach worked but it does put our government in a no win situation.
It is a sad case, as are many of the prisoners in their prisons wherever they are from, but it is a

Alima Fri 04-Jan-19 10:07:11

When I saw the thread title I was hoping that she had been released though sadly that is not the case. Our local news often reports on the case. Jeremy Hunt is trying hard to get her released.

Barmeyoldbat Fri 04-Jan-19 10:58:01

Terrible thing to happen.

GabriellaG54 Fri 04-Jan-19 11:25:23

What are the odds of two women, being incarcerated at different times, both having neurological problems/ numbness/paralysis and lumps/ growths in their breast and stomach respectively?
Don't go to these countries if you're a known activist. It happens in Russia too.
It's a sorry state of affairs but their country their rules.
I hope it doesn't come to aught as her child needs her and she has the right to see a medic. She isn't (in this instance) asking for release, just some humanity.
I wish both women well.

KateF Fri 04-Jan-19 11:46:26

The money Iran had demanded has nothing whatsoever to do with the imprisoning of Iranian born National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

( As a dual national you cannot get diplomatic help from the British government or any other government when you are in the other country where you hold citizenship.)

EllanVannin, The £500million with interest is the Iranian State assets that was held by The Bank of England, at the time of the overthrow of the Shah. it was frozen by the UK government, As was £12bn of Libyan assets, so have been Iraq Assets/Libya/ South Sudan/ Afghanistan/ CAR, etc. etc

Quite naturally the Sovereign Iranian government has been pressurizing the Bank of England, to release their frozen assets and pay compound interest on assets held.

cassandra264 Fri 04-Jan-19 12:18:53

I have been horrified by this story from the first - and by the inhumanity shown to this poor woman. She has done no wrong, and should have been released long ago to be with her family in the UK. A mistake was made in the beginning by our Foreign Secretary describing her as a journalist, when she was no such thing; and she has been treated with suspicion and suffered for this ever since.

People in power should be far more careful of the words they use, and ensure they are in possession of the facts. Negotiations for her release - as well as medical treatment - should continue.

Labaik Fri 04-Jan-19 13:04:09

Reassuring to know that the Foreign Secretary responsible may one day be PM. Any other line of work and you'd be out of a job.

EllanVannin Fri 04-Jan-19 13:11:40

Iran should be thanking us for accommodating many refugees from their country as well as having been humanely rescued by the services that we have at sea during the perilous crossings.

Jaycee5 Fri 04-Jan-19 13:30:23

KateF I agree. We should pay our debts. We should do it in a way that does not connect the two but we have to accept that Iran is doing that. Hopefully there are at least discussions happening about this debt. Remember that Obama did pay the US debt to Iran and the Republicans used it against him and pretended that he had just given them money. I cannot see the Tories doing it, but hopefully things will change next year and we can at least be having talks.

JenniferEccles Fri 04-Jan-19 13:42:06

Interesting to see that someone has said that Nazanin 'has done nothing wrong'.

I have no idea whether she is guilty or not as I don't know her. I, like all of us, only know what her family have said.

I also feel here is more to this story other than the official family version that she was visiting her parents.

After all, Boris Johnson was under the impression that she was training journalists out there.

Labaik Fri 04-Jan-19 14:11:21

Training journalists; power of the pen, perhaps. Really needs throwing in jail for that.

maryeliza54 Fri 04-Jan-19 14:13:40

BJ didn’t read his briefing papers properly because he’s a lazy idle git who doesn’t do detail and who loses jobs for lying

Nanabilly Fri 04-Jan-19 14:25:27

I'm of the opinion that there is a lot more to this than they are admitting and I have said so right from the start. They said they were on a family holiday but who on earth takes their little ones to that sort of place for a family holiday . I think there possibly was some wrongdoing by her but it may all have been blown out of proportion .

Jaycee5 Fri 04-Jan-19 14:32:47

Nanabilly People who are from that country and are taking their child to visit its grandparents?

Urmstongran Fri 04-Jan-19 14:56:19

This from The Economist:

‘Iran’s secretive regime has long hounded the country’s journalists. It is one of the world’s worst abusers of press freedom. It restricts visas for foreign reporters and assigns “translators” to those who visit, to monitor their every word. Fearful of regular round-ups, many Iranian journalists have fled to Europe. But the regime has pursued them into exile. Earlier this year it ordered the seizure of the Iranian assets of 152 contributors to the BBC Persian service, which has an audience of 13m Iranians. This month Ahmad Mola Nissi, an Iranian-Arab activist, was shot dead on a street in The Hague. Fellow activists suspect the long arm of Iran.’

This lady knew full well the risks she was taking.

amt101 Fri 04-Jan-19 15:03:07

I haven’t read that she is a charity worker but have read she worked for Reuters. Maybe there is something we don’t know but it’s still a very unhappy story.

amt101 Fri 04-Jan-19 15:06:01

She worked for Reuters.

Baggs Fri 04-Jan-19 15:14:13

I've read that Iran doesn't recognise dual nationality, so Nazanin's British nationality is irrelevant to the case.

I wonder if we will ever know the truth about this very very sad story.