Going the distance for Iranian dual-nationals

They can't come to us, so we'll go to them.

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Going the distance for Iranian dual-nationals
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Elliot’s story

Elliot

It's time to bring them home.

This May, I'm fundraising for Amnesty International in support of dual-nationals unjustly detained in Iran.

Over recent years, Iranian authorities have used their powers to detain and imprison multiple British-Iranian citizens, seemingly out of the blue. Many of these individuals, are yet to make it back to the UK, after simply attempting to visit relatives.

The most well-known of these cases is that of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned and unable to see her husband or daughter since 2016. Unfortunately, Nazanin is not the only person who has found themselves in this situation. There are thought to be up to 20 dual-nationals currently detained in Iran.

Anoosheh Ashoori is a British-Iranian engineer who was detained in 2017 whilst visiting his mother. Anoosheh is 67 and showing signs of COVID, but has not been granted medical furlough. There are reports of poor hygiene practices and sever lack of medical attention inside the notorious Evin prison.

Iranian authorities have made accusations of 'spying', 'propaganda' and attempts to 'overthrow the regime' to justify such imprisonments. Critics report that these individuals are in fact being detained as leverage in negotiations over a 40-year debt which the UK still owes to Iran for the delivery of a large number of military tanks during the Iranian Revolution.

All in all, nothing about these stories resembles the lives of peace and freedom we all take for granted here in the UK.

My chosen charity, Amnesty International, is working hard to campaign for the release of these individuals, who according to all apparent evidence, are completely innocent.

I'll be using the freedom's denied to people like Anoosheh and Nazanin to walk, run and cycle as far as I possibly can this May to raise funds for Amnesty.

How you can help

  • Sign this petition for Anoosheh;
  • Share the content around this issue to raise awareness and put pressure on governments to resolve it;
  • Make a donation to Amnesty International to support their campaign on this issue.

Every share, like, donation, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated, and will go towards bringing these people home.

All funds raised will be passed to the charity irrespective of whether my target is reached, not reached or exceeded.

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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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