Political Prisoners in Iran - June 2017

I am deeply concerned about the cases of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi and this is an issue that I continue to raise in Parliament. 

Ministers and officials continue to make representations on all consular cases involving British nationals in Iran, including Mr Foroughi's and Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's, at all levels with the Iranian Government.

On 17 February the Foreign Secretary discussed Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case with the Iranian Foreign Minister, and I am pleased that her family have confirmed she has legal representation. However, the fact that Iran does not recognise dual nationality makes progress difficult. Most recently, the new Minister for the Middle East raised Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case in a telephone call with the Iranian Foreign Minister on 21 June.

It is vitally important that we continue to uphold the human rights of all the citizens in Iran with our international partners.

I am actively involved with the monitor of human rights in Iran and work closely with the National Council of Resistance of Iran. I regularly host meetings and debates on the subject of Iran and raise the above issues in the House of Commons directly with Ministers. 

I will continue to monitor progress and I hope that the work that the British Government is doing on these cases will have a productive and positive outcome.