Cardiff says "Bring Them Home!"

London to Tehran Challenge

Amnesty International
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Cardiff says "Bring Them Home!"
Amnesty International
Amnesty International
£390.00 donated
+£70.00 Gift Aid = £460.00
78% of £500.00 goal

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If they can’t come to us, we’ll go to them! This May, the Cardiff Amnesty group, Cardiff University Amnesty group and other Cardiffians will be joining people across the UK to walk, run, scoot, skate and cycle the 2,730 miles from London to Tehran in support of Amnesty International’s work to free British citizens unjustly imprisoned in Iran.

As lockdown restrictions ease we are all relishing our new freedom. But this is not true of everyone. The Iranian authorities continue to arbitrarily detain dual-national citizens in horrendous conditions. Amnesty International are currently working to support Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Anoosheh Ashoori and Mehran Raoof but it is unknown how many other British-Iranians may be currently held in Iran.

The UK Foreign Office must ensure their release and that the Iranian authorities stop using innocent dual nationals as hostages for political negotiations.

We will be fundraising for the continued important work of Amnesty International while putting our voices alongside those of Nazanin and Anoosheh's families to amplify their campaigns to bring their loved ones home.


As we begin this challenge, there has been the devastating news that Nazanin has been sentenced with an additional year in prison followed by a year long travel ban preventing her from leaving Iran and returning to her husband and young daughter in the UK. In recent days Anoosheh's family have shared audio from a call with him where he is clearly suffering with covid-19 symptoms but being denied medical intervention in Evin prison. His disillusionment with the empty words of the UK government is clear.


They must do more and justice must prevail.


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·Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin was first detained in spring 2016 where she was placed in solitary confinement for over 8 months and denied access to her lawyer pending her grossly unfair trial that September. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison on false national security charges based on evidence that to this day remains a secret.

Nazanin’s sentence ended on Sunday 7th March but she was then told she was unable to leave Iran as she faced a second court hearing for a further charge Sunday 14th March. It was announced in late April that she will spend an additional year in prison followed by a year long travel ban preventing her form leaving Iran.

Her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella remain in the UK and campaign tirelessly for her release.

·Anoosheh Ashoori

Anoosheh has been detained since 2017 and in 2018 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trumped up charges of spying on the Iranian government. He was denied the right of a lawyer of his choosing and the trial relied on torture-tainted “confessions” to convict him of “cooperating with a hostile state against the Islamic Republic.”

During his time in Tehran’s Evin prison he was able to get messages to the world of the horrendous conditions via messages recorded by his wife in London. Anoosheh’s words were instrumental in shedding a light on the enormous risk of Covid-19 in Evin prison.

There continues to be serious concerns for Anoosheh’s mental and physical health during his imprisonment in Tehran and he is frequently denied access to calls with his loved ones in the UK. His daughter, Elika, states it clearly when she says her father is a “hostage” who is “being used as something that’s bigger than him” by Iranian authorities.

· Mehran Raoof

Mehran was arrested in October of last year and was subjected to incommunicado detention for one month before being allowed a single call to a distant relative in Iran. He has been denied contact with his immediate family in the UK, denied his right to access legal counsel and is still being held in solitary confinement. Mehran is a labour rights activist and was arrested during a crackdown by Iranian authorities in October 2020. Other activists arrested at the time have recently been sentenced to up to 16 years in prison for shining a light on the unfair working conditions and poor living standards in Iran.

Mehran is still awaiting trial.


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Chosen charity - Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

In October 1960 a young barrister got on the London Underground, opened his paper and read a short article about a couple of students in Portugal who had been imprisoned for seven years after raising their glasses in a toast to freedom.

Sounds uneventful, but this was to become one of the most significant moments in the global movement for human rights. That barrister was called Peter Benenson, and his outrage at the imprisonment of the two men led to the birth of Amnesty International.

Now, over 50 years and a Nobel Peace Prize later, we continue to campaign for justice wherever it has been denied. We protect people, defending their right to freedom, to truth, and to dignity. We do this by investigating and exposing abuses where they happen. By galvanising our global movement of seven million people to intervene where individuals are at risk and by educating future generations so that one day the dream of human rights for all becomes a reality.

One of the cases we’re working on at the moment is that of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin is a 42 year old British-Iranian mother, who is being arbitrarily detained in Iran.

In March 2016, Nazanin took then one year old Gabriella to visit Nazanin's parents in Tehran for the Iranian New Year. As she and Gabriella were about to board a plane back to the UK, Nazanin was stopped and arrested without an explanation. Gabriella was separated from her mother and handed over to her grandparents while their documents were confiscated.

Nazanin was placed in solitary confinement for a total of 8.5 months. She was denied access to her lawyer and was only allowed limited contact with her family.

In September 2016, after a grossly unfair trial, Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison on a trumped up national security charge and the evidence used against her was kept secret.

In Spring 2020, Nazanin was released on furlough (temporary prison leave) and is currently staying with her parents in Tehran where her movements are limited and she is watched. In September, she was again taken to court and told she would face another arbitrary charge of “spreading propaganda against the system”. A trial date was set for the following weekend but this was postponed at short notice.

On 7th March - the official end of her sentence - Nazanin's ankle tag was removed and her movements restricted. However she faces a second charge and still isn’t free to return home to her husband and daughter. We will continue to campaign until Nazanin is free.

You can stay up-to-date with Nazanin’s case on our website. Nazanin isn’t the only case we’re working on in Iran at the moment. We are also campaigning for Anoosheh, another UK/Iranian dual national being held in Iran.

Amnesty International is a registered charity in England and Wales. Charity number 1051681​.


Official event

Bring them home - Miles Better

If they can't come to us, we'll go to them!


This May, we are inviting everyone to walk, run, scoot, skate and cycle the 2,730 miles from London to Tehran in support of Amnesty International UK and to raise awareness of their work to free British citizens like Nazanin and Anoosheh unjustly imprisoned in Iran. Our #WonderfulWarriors will show that we are with these innocent people every step of the way and that together we will #BringThemHome to their loved ones in the UK.

Nazanin, a dual British-Iranian national, was arrested in 2016 when attempting to return to the UK with her daughter after visiting her grandparents in Iran. She was separated from her daughter and held in solitary confinement for months before being convicted in a grossly unfair trial. Nazanin’s sentence has now been served but she is still unable to leave Iran to be reunited with her family in London.

Anoosheh, as a dual British-Iranian citizen, was arrested in 2017 near his mother’s home in Tehran by military intelligence officers. He too was held in solitary confinement and convicted after an unfair trial. Anoosheh has been sentenced to 10-years in prison.

Both Anoosheh and Nazanin maintain their innocence and have not been allowed to properly defend themselves against the charges levelled against them. They have also been held in appalling conditions and have been denied access to medical care during their incarceration.


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