TWO YEARS OF CAPTIVITY
It has now been over 800 days since Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at a Tehran airport after a family visit to Iran with her infant daughter Gabriella.
Detained for over five months, initially in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer, Nazanin was eventually sentenced to five years in prison in September 2016 after being convicted of “membership of an illegal group” in a grossly unfair trial by a Revolutionary Court.
The conviction was in connection with her employment at Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organisation, as well as her past work as an administrative assistant with BBC Media Action. The sentence was upheld on appeal last year and her subsequent request for judicial review denied.
Nazanin is currently being held in Tehran’s Evin Prison, where her requests for periods of temporary release – for which she has been eligible – have been repeatedly denied. Amnesty International has designated her a prisoner of conscience targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association, and has called on the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally.
Separated from her mother and father, Gabriella Ratcliffe has been living with her Iranian grand parents since her mother’s arrest. This month Cardiff Amnesty International lit four candles to mark Gabriella’s 4th birthday. If you feel outrage at this miscarriage of justice which has seen a little girl torn from her family then please take action by signing this petition.
STAND UP IN THE PARK
You can take action by joining us for Stand Up in the Park – the second instalment of “Naz Night” – which will see comedian Clint Edwards hosting a selection of fellow comedians in Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens on the evening of Sunday 24 June. Join us for a night of comedy with a social conscience throwing a spotlight on the plight of Nazanin and Gabriella.
Please come and show your solidarity! To get involved contact Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org