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Help get Nazanin back to her family

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Like many people, we are grievously disappointed that the British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sent back to jail in Iran after her recent temporary release.

Along with her husband Richard and her numerous supporters, we’d hoped her long-awaited permanent and unconditional release was just around the corner.

This mother of a young child has already been through a terrible ordeal.

In total, she’s spent nearly two-and-a-half years behind bars, including eight gruelling months in solitary confinement without a lawyer. She was subjected to a string of unfounded accusations from the Iranian authorities and was give a deeply unfair trial.

On top of this, news that Nazanin has suffered panic attacks after returning to jail and now needs specialised medical care, is extremely worring.

As with countless people in Iran, Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience who should never have been jailed in the first place.

The Iranian authorities have treated Nazanin with exceptional cruelty.

Readers can add their name to our 160,000-strong petition calling for her release – go to www.amnesty.org.uk/nazanin.

Let’s do all we can to get Nazanin back home.

Rod Heath

Scarborough Amnesty International Group,

Linden Road, Scarborough