Mehran Raoof, a British-Iranian labour rights activist, has been detained in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison since 2020 on vague charges related to his activism. Recently, he wrote a letter from prison highlighting the dire conditions he and other political prisoners are facing, including poor health care and lack of access to basic necessities like clean water.
In his letter, Mehran Raoof called on the UK government to take action to support British-Iranian dual nationals who are being arbitrarily detained in Iran. He also expressed concern for his own safety and that of his fellow prisoners, who he said are being held in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions with little access to medical care.
The Cardiff Amnesty International Group has been following Mehran Raoof’s case closely and has expressed its support for him and other British-Iranian dual nationals who are being held in Iran. The group has called on the UK government to do more to secure the release of these individuals, including using its diplomatic channels to push for their release and raising their cases publicly.
Amnesty International has also issued a press release citing Mehran Raoof’s letter and calling for action to be taken on behalf of British-Iranian dual nationals detained in Iran. The organisation has highlighted the urgent need for the UK government to intervene in these cases and to pressure the Iranian government to respect the rights of all individuals, including those who are detained for their political or social activism.
The detention of British-Iranian dual nationals is a clear violation of their human rights, and the Cardiff Amnesty International Group stands in solidarity with Mehran Raoof and all those who are being held in Iran for their activism or political beliefs.
The case of Mehran Raoof and other British-Iranian dual nationals detained in Iran highlights the urgent need for action on the part of the UK government and the international community to address the issue of human rights abuses in Iran. The Cardiff Amnesty International Group will continue to advocate for Mehran and all those who are being held in Iran for their beliefs, and we call on others to do the same.