Evening Standard Comment: It’s long past time to bring Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe home

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·1-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is on hunger strike after his wife lost her latest appeal in Iran (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Wire)
Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is on hunger strike after his wife lost her latest appeal in Iran (Steve Parsons/PA) (PA Wire)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s continued custody in Iran must be considered a failure of statecraft. There is a difference between a ransom and a debt — squaring that circle has long been a test of the Foreign Office’s creativity and resolve.

The visit to Britain of Iran’s deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani is an opportunity for our Government to press the Iranian regime on Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release. Iran should give Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe her freedom, as it must other dual nations it holds without due cause.

Britain, for its part, must explore all avenues to find ways of paying the £400 million debt it owes to Iran that relates to a contract which preceded the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Richard Ratcliffe has entered day 19 of his hunger strike. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by the Iranian authorities since 2016. All the while their daughter, Gabriella, has not seen her mother since 2019.

Mr Ratcliffe began his protest after his wife lost her latest appeal in Iran, stating that his family has been “caught in a dispute between two states.” He is right, and their suffering must come to an end.

Read More

Nazanin’s husband hails Iran meeting as ‘breakthrough’

Nazanin’s husband ‘looking and feeling rougher’ on 16th day of hunger strike

UK should press for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at Cop26 – Amnesty

Liz Truss must ‘be brave’ to secure Nazanin’s release, says husband

Husband welcomes ‘fresh pair of eyes’ in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting