East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton last week met with Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is imprisoned in Iran, in order to put pressure on the Iranian Government to secure her immediate release.
Along with three other Scottish Conservative and Unionist MPs, Mr Masterton laid out his three demands to the Iranian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. These have been drawn up in conjunction with Mr Ratcliffe and Amnesty International: (1) the immediate release of Mrs Ratcliffe, (2) the permission of an immediate visit by the British Embassy to check on her health and if no release is granted, (3) a visa for Mr Ratcliffe to visit his wife.
Mr Ratcliffe is currently on his second week of a hunger strike outside the Iranian embassy in London, where Mr Masterton met him to discuss the ongoing campaign and how best to provide support.
In a letter to the Iranian ambassador, the Scottish Conservative MPs outlined the needless damage this ordeal is causing to Iranian- UK relations. Whilst in a separate letter to the Foreign Secretary they stated their admiration for organisations such as Amnesty UK for the support they given to Mr Ratcliffe over these difficult months.
Over 2 million people have now signed the petition to free Nazanin, which can be found and singed here: https://www.change.org/p/free-nazanin-ratcliffe
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton commented:
“It is beyond comprehension what Mr Ratcliffe has had to go through in these last few years. My Scottish Conservative colleagues and I continue to put pressure on the Iranian Regime to release Nazanin, and spending time with Richard outside their Embassy only motivated me further to do everything I can do help.
We had a long and moving conversation, and it is disgusting that the Iranian Regime are punishing Nazanin further by cancelling visits from her young daughter. I know the Foreign Secretary is working hard to secure her release, but we must redouble our efforts and reunite this family back in the U.K. as soon as possible.”
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