Sheffield woman campaigns for the release of British-Iranian prisoner

A woman from Nether Edge has campaigned for the release of a woman from Iranian prison after she has was detained back in 2016

By: Kieran Aubrey
Date: 13/11/2021

A woman from Nether Edge has put pressure on every MP in Sheffield to help release a woman from Iranian prison, after she was detained back in 2016.

Hannah Thornton, 27, from Nether Edge, has put pressure on every MP in Sheffield to free a British-Iranian woman after she was ‘unfairly detained’.

The woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, was arrested in 2016 as she tried to return to the UK with her then 2-year-old daughter after visiting family.

Ms Thornton said: “she has been unfairly detained and used as a bargaining tool for over 5 and a half years.

“[she] went to visit her family and never came home, through no fault of her own. She could never have foreseen the unimaginable circumstances she would have to live through.

“Now she desperately needs us all to work together to help her.”

On October 24th , Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard Ratcliffe began a hunger strike outside the Foreign Office in London, declaring: “The time for promises is over”.

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Richard Ratcliffe outside the Foreign Office

His protest is a bid to pressure the Government into taking firmer action for Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has now been detained in Iran for over 2000 days.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 42, was originally detained back in March 2016 after taking her daughter Gabriella to visit her parents in Tehran for the Iranian New Year.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Ms Thornton added: “[I’m] furious and heartbroken by the injustice of this situation and the lack of action from those who can change it. I can’t begin to imagine how the family feel.”

A letter has now been sent by Ms Thornton to the MP’s of Sheffield explaining Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s situation, while asking them to pressure the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

She ended the letter by saying: “I am really proud to live in Sheffield and hope that collectively, our MP’s can make a difference to help #FreeNazanin.”

The campaign to #FreeNazanin has gained a large amount of traction online and in the media, with the BBC and other news organisations covering the story.

To read more about Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s story and how you can help, click here.

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