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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Biography
Who is Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (born December 26, 1978) is a dual Iranian-British citizen who has been detained in Iran since April 3, 2016. In early September 2016, she was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of “conspiring to overthrow the Iranian government.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Age
Early age and education
Nazanin Zaghari was born and raised in Tehran and studies English literature at the University of Tehran, before becoming an English teacher. After the 2003 Bam earthquake, she worked as a translator for the Japan International Cooperation Agency relief effort. She later she worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and then moved to the World Health Organization as a communications officer. In 2007, Zaghari-Ratcliffe moved to the UK after receiving a scholarship to study a Master od Communication Management in London Metropolitan University.
On May 7, 2016, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, launched an online petition urging both the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Supreme Leader of Iran to take appropriate measures to ensure the safe return of his wife and daughter. The petition now has more than 3.5 million supporters in 155 countries.
Calls to sanction Iranian officials
In September 2021, Richard Ratcliffe and the release camaigns called on the British government to sanction individual Iranian officials involved in the arrest with asset freezes and travel bans. Richard Ratcliffe called the detention “hostage-taking”
In February 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Iran, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was suspect of falling ill with Covid-19 and was tested for the virus and received appropriate medical treatment. However, Iran’s judicial spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said that she did not have coronavirus and that she was in “good health”. Gholamhossein also described the reports of her infection as “propaganda.”
On March 17, she was temporarily released for two weeks, which was later extended indefinitely. After her retrial was postponed in September, the Foreign Ministry called for her to be permanently released. Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said it was foolish that the trial had been moved and said that she had already faced an unfair trial. She accused the Iranian government of playing cruel political games with her and asked the British government to work harder for her release.