Boris Johnson denies he was ‘snubbed’ by Macron over fishing row – as it happened


The UK should seize the opportunity of Ali Salajegheh’s attendance at Cop26 next week to once again press for the release of Nazanin, Anoosheh and all other arbitrarily-detained UK nationals in Iran.

Liz Truss has claimed that she and the government are ‘working tirelessly’ on behalf of Nazanin and others – here’s a chance to prove that.

Some of Nazanin’s supporters have been pointing out that if the government can’t resolve the issue of British nationals being picked up in Iran, then it’s unlikely to be able to fix the climate crisis. Let’s hope it can do both.

Richard Ratcliffe has called for Liz Truss and her colleagues to be “brave” over diplomacy on these cases – a firm representation to Ali Salajegheh next week would be a useful start.

The government needs to grant diplomatic protection status to Anoosheh as soon as possible and set out a clearly articulated strategy for bringing Nazanin and other arbitrarily detained British nationals back home from Iran.

Everyone at Amnesty has enormous respect for Richard’s unflagging spirit.

I’m going to spend a little time with him today to reassure him that we stand in full solidarity with him in his brave campaign for Nazanin’s release.



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