Briton jailed in Iran begins current starvation strike

Richard Ratcliffe

Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London where he is on hunger strike

A British-Iranian mother detained in Iran has begun a brand original starvation strike.

The jailed United Kingdom charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has started a hunger strike in protest at her continued imprisonment in Iran, while her husband Richard Ratcliffe has also gone on hunger strike outside the Iranian Embassy in London.

It comes amid growing tensions between the United Kingdom and Iran, after Britain talked about the Iranian regime changed into once "virtually no doubt" accountable for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Iran has denied being within the wait on of Thursday's explosions nonetheless the UK Foreign Office acknowledged "no various yelp or non-yelp actor could plausibly had been responsible".

Zaghari-Ratcliffe started her third hunger strike against her continued imprisonment in Iran on Saturday.

He added: "Whatever the disagreements you may have with the United Kingdom, there is an innocent woman at the heart of this".

Ratcliffe said he would hold a vigil outside Iran's London embassy, and would fast in support of his wife.

He added that his wife sounded "worried but serene".

The couple made a decision to start the hunger strike following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella, who has not been allowed to leave Iran since her arrest in 2016. "She has always been eligible for it", Ratcliffe said.

Iran's judiciary could not immediately be reached for comment, the Reuters news agency said.

He acknowledged his indispensable other had made the resolution following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella.

Gabriella has now not been allowed to recede Iran following her mother's arrest and resides along with her maternal grandparents.

Mr Ratcliffe said: 'Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella's fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something - to mark to both governments that "enough is enough".

"This no doubt has long gone on too lengthy".

She and her family have denied the allegations.

The next United Kingdom high minister must have it their top priority to "protect British residents from unfair imprisonment, from torture", stated Mr Ratcliffe.

"A starvation strike in penal complex, no person will get to witness it - a starvation strike right here is far more public. I will take care of her sage public".

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe beforehand undertook a three-day starvation strike in snarl at being denied specialist sanatorium therapy.

The next United Kingdom top minister ought to easy assemble it their high precedence to "give protection to British voters from unfair imprisonment, from torture", talked about Mr Ratcliffe.

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe stages a vigil and goes on hunger strike outside of the Iranian embassy in London, Britain, June 15, 2019.

Ratcliffe said that if she was not freed within the next few weeks, he wanted the Iranians to grant a visa so he could visit her himself.

She is presently serving her jail sentence in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

The UK's foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, granted Nazanin diplomatic protection in March, but Iranian officials refuse to recognise her dual nationality.

Amnesty International's United Kingdom director, Kate Allen, said in a statement: "This is a truly heartbreaking situation".

"Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments", she said.

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