Foreign Office minister urged to raise plight of jailed UK nationals in Iran

By agency reporter
August 5, 2017

This weekend Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt will attend the inauguration ceremony for the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. He is being urged to raise the cases of jailed UK nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi. 

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said, “Those who hoped for reforms under President Rouhani have had those hopes completely dashed amidst a vicious and widespread crackdown on peaceful dissidents, lawyers, journalists and anyone daring to defend human rights in Iran.

“Alistair Burt ought to use his time in the country to tell Iranian officials that the jailing of human rights activists and many others after grossly unfair trials on spurious national security charges is completely unacceptable and has got to stop.

“In particular, Mr Burt should raise the deeply troubling cases of the jailed UK nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi. Iranian officials need to hear Mr Burt very clearly calling for Nazanin’s and Kamal’s release and their speedy return to the UK.

“Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Mr Foroughi have both been subjected to prolonged periods of solitary confinement, unfair trials and denial of medical treatment in jail. 

“It’s time for the UK Government to significantly raise its game on Nazanin’s and Kamal’s cases, and more generally on the way that Iran is apparently targeting dual nationals.”  

Some 20,000 people have supported an Amnesty campaign calling on Westminster MPs to call for Nazanin and Kamal’s immediate release from prison in Iran and their return to the UK. Last month, a parliamentary debate on the plight of detained UK-Iranian dual nationals was attended by a considerable number of MPs in what campaigners see as a sign that the cases are continuing to attract significant political support. 

More information on the cases of Nazanin and Kamal can be found here 

* Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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