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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.

www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-hunger-strike-iran-prison-jail-medical-care-british-latest-a8709086.html

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 14:15:25

GillT57
The 13:45:44 posting was not aimed at anyone specifically...I would have named them, just a cabal of virtue signallers who need to take a look at attitudes they may (potentially inadvertently) display.

GillT57 Fri 20-Sep-19 14:07:10

I do know that Joelsnan, I do understand about the difficulties about the dual nationality question, but here she is recognised as a British Citizen. What I don't understand is any of your post of 13:45:44. Was it aimed at me? If so, you will have to be a bit more precise, I am obviously a bear of very little brain.

maddyone Fri 20-Sep-19 13:59:41

Sorry, Nazanin

maddyone Fri 20-Sep-19 13:58:50

I will echo Urmstongran, very well put Joelsnan, I entirely agree with everything you have said. I believe the Brexit MEPs were correct to abstain, it most definitely could make the situation worse. Nazaran needs quiet diplomacy, and that will be going on behind the scenes all the time. Hopefully in time, it will work, but I’m not holding my breath because as previously stated, she is seen in Iran as Iranian, not British.

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 13:49:35

GillT57
It has been reiterated more than once that Iran does not recognise dual nationality, so it doesn't matter how many times people say she is Brit. Iran does not recognise this. Whilst-ever she is in Iran she is classed as Iranian.
We might not like this but this is the truth.

Urmstongran Fri 20-Sep-19 13:48:47

Very well put Joelsnan 👍🏼

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 13:45:44

It is very interesting to observe those that are the first on this site to call out perceived discrimination and condemning the same. These are the same who Perfectly demonstrate their own discriminatory and biased attitudes towards anyone who may challenge their world view with fact.
The thing is, if you don't want to acknowledge fact that is okay. I understand your need to protect your sweet small world view with these protectionist mechanisms, but this cannot turn a fact from right to wrong just because you don't like it.
Those that use snide and personal asides only highlight their own discriminatory prejudices and display these biases based on nothing more than a few sentences on a debate site with no other evidence to support their prejudice.

GillT57 Fri 20-Sep-19 13:32:54

Whatever the reasons for the Brexit Ltd members choosing to abstain, the fact is that they are paid to represent their constituents and the British People's interests, at the risk of offending a few supporters ( well, actually, I don't care if I offend you), very few of the Brexit people will have any idea of the intricacies of Foreign Office and diplomatic procedures, and to defend them by saying they didn't want to make things worse in a very delicate situation is a bit pathetic. What is more of a concern is the relationship between USA, specifically Trump, and the Brexit people, especially Farage, and part of me thinks that maybe he was considering this when he instructed his minions to abstain, but I seriously doubt it. Either way, this British citizen has not had support and it is shameful.

grapefruitpip Fri 20-Sep-19 12:57:32

Sorry, that has passed me by?

Whoosh whoosh

Urmstongran Fri 20-Sep-19 12:52:27

Whoosh!! to grapefruitpip Fri 20-Sep-19 12:25:02
🤣

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Sep-19 12:36:42

None will be given🙂

jura2 Fri 20-Sep-19 12:34:39

oh dear (no further explanation needed)

grapefruitpip Fri 20-Sep-19 12:25:02

Sorry but why would Iranians care if a thuggish racist was imprisoned?

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 12:08:43

WWM2
Please elaborate on your Oh dear. comment as it adds nothing to the thread.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Sep-19 11:47:22

Oh dear.

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 11:44:51

jura2
But Yaxley Lennon is not an Iranian citizen by birth.
Were the Iranians up in arms when he was imprisoned here?

jura2 Fri 20-Sep-19 11:27:35

Appalling indeed- and just shows what they are about sad

if it was Tommy Robinson Yaxley Lemon held there they would be going crazy.

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 11:18:26

WWM2
Thank you for appreciating fact.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Sep-19 10:14:42

Thank you joelsnan your reply was what I expected

Labaik Fri 20-Sep-19 10:11:14

Well, I think it's appalling that they abstained; I'm equally appalled that some people on this forum are justifying it, too#albeitnotsurprised

Joelsnan Fri 20-Sep-19 10:05:51

WWM2
I do not have sight of the court proceedings so do not know what their justification was.
Of course I would be happier if she was freed.
However as we well know the Iranian system does not like external western interference in their internal affairs and will dig in if they perceive this to be the case.
Quiet diplomacy is required and what the US is doing with sanctions and cranking up the war rhetoric will not help as we are considered puppets of US.
BTW I am stating facts not a personal opinion.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Sep-19 09:43:45

No joelsnan is stating an opinion. But I’m sure she can speak for herself

eazybee Fri 20-Sep-19 09:09:20

Joelsnan is stating facts.

growstuff Fri 20-Sep-19 08:32:26

Yes, I know joelsnan.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 20-Sep-19 08:14:49

joelsnan are you saying that Iran is justified in imprisoning her?