UK woman jailed in Iran at ‘breaking point’ after starting hunger strike


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe


Husband and colleagues of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe express alarm over her deteriorating health in Evin prison

A British-Iranian woman serving a five-year jail sentence in Iran is at breaking point after going on hunger strike in protest against her incarceration, according to her husband.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is being held at Tehran’s Evin prison. In September she was found guilty of offences relating to national security, but the precise reason for her arrest has not been clarified.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the elite forces that arrested her in April at Tehran’s international airport, where she and her then 22-month-old daughter, Gabriella, had been about to return to the UK after a family visit, have accused her of fomenting a “soft overthrow” of the Islamic republic – allegations that her husband has said are untrue.

According to Amnesty, Iranian authorities have hinted that her arrest is connected to the imprisonment in 2014 of several employees of an Iranian technology news website. They were given lengthy prison terms for participating in a BBC journalism training course. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was a project assistant at the BBC’s Media Action in 2008-2009.

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