Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike

Cheryl Sanders
June 18, 2019

She was sentenced to five years in jail on espionage charges, accusations she denies.

Forty-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was refusing food as she marked her daughter's fifth birthday, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said in a statement on June 15.

It comes only a day after Mr Hunt said that responsibility "almost certainly lies" with Iran over the recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

The family are now appealing to another Tory leadership hopeful, current foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, to help broker her release.

"Our message to Iran is whatever the disagreements you'll bear with the United Kingdom, there would possibly perhaps be an harmless lady at the coronary heart of this", he acknowledged.

Mr Ratcliffe talked about he had obtained a cell phone call from his wife to verbalize him she had told the Iranian judiciary that she had begun a starvation strike - even though she would easy drink water - to yelp against her "unfair imprisonment".

He added that his indispensable other sounded "apprehensive nonetheless peaceable".


During this vigil I will also not eat, and will continue this fast until such time as her hunger strike ends.

"She has lengthy been eligible for it".

Gabriella has no longer been allowed to go Iran following her mom's arrest and resides with her maternal grandparents.

"Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella's fifth birthday with her composed internal, then she would attain one thing - to tag to both governments - that adequate is adequate", Mr Ratcliffe acknowledged.

"This undoubtedly has gone on too lengthy".

"Given Nazanin's decision, later today I will also begin a continual vigil in front of the Iranian embassy, perhaps occasionally joined by friends and family".

The following United Kingdom prime minister must aloof produce it their top precedence to "shield British electorate from unfair imprisonment, from torture", stated Mr Ratcliffe.


"A starvation strike in prison, nobody will get to search it - a starvation strike right here is necessary extra public. I would possibly retain her yarn public".

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe previously undertook a three-day hunger strike in protest at being denied specialist medical care.

The next United Kingdom prime minister must provide it their high precedence to "give protection to British electorate from unfair imprisonment, from torture", acknowledged Mr Ratcliffe.

Speaking on Sunday outside the Iranian embassy in London, where he is holding his demonstration, Mr Ratcliffe said the goal is to "amplify her message" and provoke a response from Iran.

Johnson told a parliamentary committee that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism during her visit to Iran, but he later clarified that she had been visiting relatives before she was detained.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport on April 3, 2016, prior to boarding a plane back to the United Kingdom after a regular family visit to the country with her infant daughter.

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK's director, said: "This is a truly heartbreaking situation".


"Nazanin is a prisoner of sense of right and unsuitable, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments - along with months in solitary confinement and unending game-taking part in over whether or now not she would receive a have to-be pleased hospital therapy", she said.

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