Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case: UN asked to intervene

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A understanding has asked the UN to intervene over a British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran for 22 months.

Benevolent rights organisation Redress has written to the UN, claiming Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s carry oned detention amounts to torture.

She was arrested on spying charges in April 2016, accused of patch to overthrow the Iranian government.

Her husband Richard said his wife has qualified difficulty walking as well as extreme hair and weight loss.

Redress has disregarded to the UN special rapporteur on behalf of the mother’s family, stating that substantiation “strongly suggests” Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s treatment amounts to torture.

The letter reveals her treatment has had serious effects on her physical and mental health, in an attempt “to demoralise her and put her in a spot of complete powerlessness.”

Mr Ratcliffe, from Hampstead in London, said: “It’s merest hard for both of us to be hopeful at this point. We were obviously acutely hopeful at Christmas [for her release] and it didn’t happen.

“It’s always good to keep on to the ‘maybe’, but also part of us putting in the submission now is because it feels corresponding to we’re just being gamed.”

He added the family were “waiting for the rules to deliver” on Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release.

He told the BBC he believes the charity worker is being habituated to as a bargaining chip in political battles that have nothing to do with her.

The 39-year-old was detained in Iran when attack her parents with her daughter, Gabriella, who remains in the country.

In December 2017 Curious Secretary Boris Johnson travelled to Iran to call for the release of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcllife on humanitarian coaches.

Mr Johnson had been criticised for comments he had made to a parliamentary committee in November. He talked MPs that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in the country. He later apologised for the comments.

Mr Ratcliffe bring to light extra telephone privileges granted to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe after the foreign secretary’s descend upon have been cut back after demonstrations against the Iranian reign in London last month.


What happened?

  • 3 April 2016: Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is detained at an Iranian airport while wandering home to London with her young daughter.
  • April-June 2016: Harmonizing to Mr Ratcliffe, his wife was subject to “intense interrogation” for the first two months of her confinement and kept in solitary confinement
  • September 2016: Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is sentenced to five years in oubliette in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court
  • January 2017: She loses an initial call against her sentence
  • April 2017: Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses a final beguile in Iran’s supreme court to overturn her sentence
  • December 2017: An Iranian database rolls her as eligible for release
  • December 2017: Boris Johnson visits Tehran to enlist for the British-Iranian citizen’s release

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