Working to free UK-Iranian political prisoners

Julie continues to work to bring about the release of British Iranian poltical prisoners, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi.




Julie has tabled another Parliamentary Question to the EU's Higher Representative on Foreign Affairs to follow up on previous appeals for increased EU action to set the two free, as well as all EU-Iranian and British-Iranian political prisoners.

 Subject:  VP/HR — The situation of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi: UK prisoners in Iran  

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 38 year-old British charity worker of Iranian origin who was arrested on 3 April 2015 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard during a family visit with her baby daughter, Gabriella, to the country. She has subsequently spent months in solitary confinement and her mental and physical health has deteriorated as a result. Gabriella remains in Iran with her grandparents, her passport having been confiscated.

In September 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an Opinion stating that Nazanin’s detention was arbitrary and called for her immediate release.

Kamal Foroughi is a 77 year-old British citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2011 and deprived of urgent medical treatment and visits. His health has suffered as a result.

What has the European External Action Service (EEAS) done to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi?

What does the EEAS consider to be its role in the protection of EU nationals arbitrarily detained abroad?