Campaign Response for Free Nazanin

Thank you for contacting me about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other British nationals unjustly trapped in Iran.

I can assure you that the Foreign Office continues to work hard to assist British nationals detained in Iran. My thoughts are with Nazanin and her family. Like you, I want to see her and indeed all other dual nationals detained, released immediately.

It is unacceptable, as the former Foreign Secretary made clear on 14 March, that Iran chose to continue with a second, wholly arbitrary, case against Nazanin. British Embassy staff in Tehran requested access to Nazanin's court hearing, as they have done for previous hearings, as part of their ongoing efforts to secure her release. Iran routinely denies the UK access to Nazanin because they do not recognise her as a dual British national and view her as solely Iranian. I condemn the inhumane and wholly unjustified decision by the Iranian authorities to sentence Nazanin to another year in prison.

I have immense sympathy for Nazanin, Richard and their young daughter. One struggles to imagine just how difficult Nazanin's unjust and ongoing detention is for them as a family. I completely understand the actions Richard is taking. As I have said, the Foreign Secretary has spoken with Nazanin and Richard and her department continues to do everything it can to secure Nazanin's release, and indeed of all British dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sally-Ann Hart MP