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After Nazanin Ratcliffe's sentencing, MEPs write new letter calling for her release from Iranian prison

Two weeks ago, British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Ratcliffe was sentenced to 5 years in Iranian prison. She was sentenced on secret charges and has been refused consular access by Iranian authorities throughout her detention.

Amnesty International UK has heavily criticised the trial against her:

“Iran’s revolutionary courts are notorious for handing down prison sentences after grossly unfair trials. From all the reports we’ve seen, Nazanin’s case has been a complete travesty of justice throughout – beginning with her protracted secret detention, then the unsupported accusations from officials, and culminating in this week’s out-of-the-blue sentence.”

After the Nazanin's sentencing on the 9th September 2016, Anneliese Dodds – together with 56 Members of the European Parliament – wrote to EU's policy chief Federica Mogherini, calling on her to use the EU's relations with Iran to press for Nazanin's release. You can read the full text of the letter below.

If you want to know more about what Anneliese has done to support Nazanin, you can read it here.


The Letter:

Brussels, 15 September 2016


Dear Vice-President/ High Representative Mogherini,

We are writing to express our concern about British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was sentenced to five years in prison by the revolutionary court in Iran on September 6th. The accusations against her remain unknown.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and a mother of a 2-year-old daughter.

Several dual nationals have been arrested in the Islamic Republic in recent months. The human rights record, including high numbers of executions, remain a serious concern.

We urge you to use your relations with the authorities in Iran to do what you can to see the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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