At our CLP meeting last night the following motion, as proposed by Patrick Jenkins, was unanimously passed:
“Kenilworth and Southam CLP Notes that:
• Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 37 year old British-Iranian charity worker has been detained by Iranian state officials for a period of over 500 days without her family being able to even know the charges she faces. The State media has accused Nazanin of attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic and has been subject to a secret trial behind closed doors. She has been sentenced to 5 years in jail. Nazanin appears to be a victim of a politically motivated arrest in Iran involving the subject of her dual nationality as opposed to any crime she has committed. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a trip to Iran with her daughter, Gabriella, to visit family members. Gabriella, who is now three, is living with her grandparents in Iran and is allowed to see her mother twice a week.
• Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, along with the Free Nazanin Group and Amnesty International have been tirelessly campaigning for her release since her being detained.
• Notable Labour Party figures, such as Tulip Siddiq, who is Nazanin’s local MP have also been vocal on this issue.
• In correspondence in July from the Consular official in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Bally Singh (our last parliamentary candidate) received the following “Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have raised the case with their Iranian counterparts. The Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP, met Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Family on the 4th of July to discuss her case and will continue to raise our concerns with the Iranian Government.”
• Nazanin has relatives within our constituency who live in the village of Napton.
With all this in mind Kenilworth and Southam CLP resolves to the Free Nazanin Campaign, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Labour NEC the following:
“This CLP expresses deep sympathy for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and all her friends and family who have been affected by her over 500 days incarceration by Iranian authorities.
We call on the Government and in particular the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to do more than simply express concern. For someone who appears to have committed no known crime and with particular poor treatment while being in prison, more must be done.
We therefore also call for Nazanin’s immediate release.
Should the Free Nazanin Campaign require any help or assistance, be that through solidarity and symbolism or by more substantive action, this CLP will endeavour to be of help.”