Justice for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
In August, Theresa Griffin, as Chair of the EPLP, wrote to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, calling on Ms Mogherini to put pressure on Iran for the release of Nazanin Zachary Ratcliffe.
Dear Madam High Representative,
We, the European Parliamentary Labour Party, are writing to you on the grave and increasingly perilous case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe the British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran. We must demand her release now and condemn the way Nazanin is being treated.
Worrying reports over the last week have highlighted worsened conditions for Nazanin and her fellow prisoners. This includes lesser child visitation rights and banning of international calls.
Nazanin’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has tirelessly campaigned for the release of his wife since 2016 and now cannot even speak to her. She is alone in a country that refuses to recognise her dual citizenship, forces her into solitary confinement and holds the threat of a second trial and conviction over her head. The appalling conditions she endures are undeniably inhumane and must come to an end. She and her husband held a 15-day long hunger strike earlier this year to no avail.
It has been over three years since Nazanin was imprisoned in Iran and it is time for this innocent woman to be reunited with her husband and young daughter, Gabriella.
Nazanin is also a prisoner alongside UK resident Aras Amiri who was jailed last year while visiting family in Iran who is also now subject to the same terrible conditions. Furthermore, dual British-Iranian national Kameel Ahmady was detained in Iran on unknown charges earlier this month and is also allegedly held in Evin prison.
We have reached a point where a motion for resolution is not enough and it is imperative that more far reaching action is taken. They have to be set free.
We call on you to reach out to Iranian authorities for an intervention to de-escalate the conditions that Nazanin, Aras and Kameel are in and aid us in working towards their release by putting pressure on both the Iranian authorities and UK Prime Minister Johnson to act.
Click below to see the response received from the High Representative: