UK Government should do more to free Nazanin RatcliffePublished by International Liberty Association on November 12, 2017
The family of the Iranian born British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April 2016 in Iran while returning from a family visit, are anxious about her condition and physical and mental wellbeing. The remarks by Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, in the parliament earlier this month has not helped her and worse, it has encouraged Iranian officials to level new charges against her.
Mr Johnson had mistakenly said that the British-Iranian mother was “training journalists” in Iran, a comment that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) who had arrested her in the first place, seized upon to justify the arrest.
Boris Johnson later said the government has “no doubt” she was on holiday “and that was the sole purpose of her visit”.
Iranian lawyer and Nobel laureate, Shirin Ebadi, told reports over the weekend that the government should downgrade its diplomatic ties with Iran in order to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been detained on spying charges while visiting family in Iran with her daughter Gabriella, who is now three. Nazanin’s parents are taking care of Gabriella in Iran while her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, is in the UK. Mr Ratcliffe has worked tirelessly to bring his wife home and has recently asked Mr Johnson to take him to Iran so he can see his wife and daughter.