Richard Ratcliffe, the hubby of imprisoned British–Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, speaks to the media aft joining the household of Anoosheh Ashoori, a British antheral who has been jailed successful Iran, to signifier an 'empty chair' protestation other Downing Street, successful London connected Aug. 13, 2021. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)
LONDON—The hubby of UK foundation idiosyncratic Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for much than 5 years successful Iran, has gone connected a hunger strike again aft a tribunal decided she has to walk different twelvemonth successful prison.
Richard Ratcliffe started his accelerated connected Sunday extracurricular the British government’s Foreign Office successful cardinal London.
He plans to support a “constant vigil” by sleeping successful a structure extracurricular the building’s main entranceway successful an effort to unit Prime Minister Boris Johnson to unafraid the merchandise of his woman and different detained dual British–Iranian nationals, Amnesty International said.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe served 5 years successful situation aft being taken into custody astatine Tehran’s airdrome successful April 2016 and convicted of plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government, a complaint that she, her supporters, and rights groups deny.
In May, she was sentenced to an further twelvemonth successful situation connected charges of spreading “propaganda against the system” for having participated successful a protestation extracurricular the Iranian Embassy successful London successful 2009—a determination upheld this period by an appeals court. The verdict includes a one-year question ban, meaning she wouldn’t beryllium capable to permission Iran until 2023.
Ratcliffe went connected a 15-day hunger onslaught 2 years agone extracurricular the Iranian Embassy, a determination helium credits with getting their 7-year-old girl Gabriella released.
“We are present giving the UK authorities the aforesaid treatment. In truth, I ne'er expected to person to bash a hunger onslaught twice. It is not a mean act,” Ratcliffe said connected his change.org petition.
He said Iran remains the “primary abuser” successful Nazanin’s case, but the “UK is besides letting america down.”
“It is progressively wide that Nazanin’s lawsuit could person been solved galore months ago—but for different diplomatic agendas. The PM needs to instrumentality work for that.”
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was employed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable limb of the quality agency, and was arrested arsenic she was returning location to Britain aft visiting family. Rights groups impeach Iran of holding dual-nationals arsenic bargaining chips for wealth oregon power successful negotiations with the West, thing Tehran denies.
Iran doesn’t admit dual nationalities, truthful detainees similar Zaghari-Ratcliffe can’t person consular assistance.