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A woman lights candles for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a vigil outside the Iranian Embassy on January 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
A woman lights candles for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a vigil outside the Iranian Embassy on January 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

#FreeNazanin

On 3rd anniversary of British aid worker’s imprisonment in Iran, the world vows not to forget

By WITW Staff on April 4, 2019

This week marks three years since British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested and imprisoned in Iran on dubious charges.

Detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards while visiting her parents in 2016, she was accused of plotting to topple the Iranian government and sentenced to five years in the country’s notorious Evin prison. For the last three years, she has spent months in solitary confinement and has frequently been denied to access to medical treatment. According to reports, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s health has declined precipitously — she has suffered hair loss and weight loss, and has sometimes even been unable to walk.

The #FreeNazanin campaign has endured throughout her imprisonment. Events and protests throughout the world, and support across social media have kept Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s spirits up during her confinement, according to her husband Richard Ratcliffe.

Iran has bristled at the international blowback to her detainment. On Sunday, as Richard and representatives from Amnesty International laid flowers at the Iranian Embassy in London in silent protest, the Iranian ambassador bizarrely accused Richard and the human rights organization of being in “coalition.”

Meanwhile, voices of support rang out across the globe to keep attention on Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case, including from her parliamentary representative back home.

“Tomorrow marks three years of misery for my constituent Nazanin,” wrote British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq on Twitter. “Separated from her husband & daughter for a crime she didn’t commit. I know everyone is busy with Brexit but spare a thought for a mother, wife and daughter who is still illegally imprisoned.”

Read more at HuffPost.

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