The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has gone on starvation strike for the second time in two years, telling Sky Information: “We will not wait endlessly”.
Richard Ratcliffe will sleep in a tent outdoors the International Workplace in London after his spouse lost her latest appeal in Iran final week.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian twin nationwide, has been detained in Tehran since 2016, when she was accused of plotting to overthrow the federal government.
Mr Ratcliffe advised Sky Information he had been contemplating the starvation strike for some time.
“It’s extremely clear [Nazanin] goes to be put in jail fairly quickly,” he mentioned.
“We would have liked to behave.
“I had a dialog with the British international secretary, Liz Truss, to ask her what she was going to do and he or she nonetheless mentioned, properly we’re going to speak to the Iranians and there will likely be penalties if Nazanin goes again.
“That is too late.”
He mentioned the UK authorities’s technique was “damaged”, including: “It does really feel like a coverage of ready and we will not wait endlessly.”
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was taking her daughter Gabriella to see her household when she was arrested and sentenced to 5 years in jail. She spent 4 years in Evin Jail and an additional yr beneath home arrest.
Mr Ratcliffe mentioned he feels they’re getting used as a “bargaining chip” in nuclear deal negotiations, which want an “express promise” to finish hostage-taking.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her household have reportedly been advised by Iranian authorities that she is being detained due to the UK’s failure to pay an excellent £400m debt to Iran.
“Starvation strike is an excessive act and it is at all times a bit precarious originally,” he advised Sky Information.
Mr Ratcliffe first went on starvation strike “in solidarity” along with his spouse two years in the past – he lasted 15 days and it will definitely resulted in his daughter being returned to the UK.
He continued: “I’ve to say, I assumed that may be a novel expertise and that when the prime minister got here into workplace he would resolve our case and hold his phrase.
“Right here we’re two years on, and we had been wracking our brains as to what else we may do.”
My coronary heart breaks to write down this, however as soon as once more my constituent Richard Ratcliffe has been compelled to go on starvation strike due to the Authorities’s inaction and failure to #FreeNazanin.
It ought to by no means have come to this. pic.twitter.com/j1VnJFosKP
— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) October 24, 2021
Labour MP Tulip Siddiq tweeted on Sunday afternoon: “My coronary heart breaks to write down this, however as soon as once more my constituent Richard Ratcliffe has been compelled to go on starvation strike due to the federal government’s inaction and failure to #FreeNazanin.
“It ought to by no means have come to this.”
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is one among a number of folks with British or dual-British nationality detained in Iran.
A spokeswoman for the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace (FCDO), mentioned: “Iran’s determination to proceed with these baseless costs in opposition to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an appalling continuation of the merciless ordeal she goes by way of.
“As a substitute of threatening to return Nazanin to jail Iran should launch her completely so she will be able to return house.
“We’re doing all we are able to to assist Nazanin get house to her younger daughter and household and we’ll proceed to press Iran on this level.”