Britain says case of detained aid worker in Iran an "utmost priority"
Britain is working to resolve the case of detained Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison in Iran on charges that remain secret, her family said in September.
Iran's female political prisoners
Iran is holding numerous women in jail on political charges. They include human rights activists, journalists, artists and simply engaged citizens. By Shabnam von Hein
Bahareh Hedayat: A women's rights activist and prominent figure in the student movement in Iran. In 2010, shortly before her wedding, she was arrested and ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was head of an organisation fighting for political reforms and against human rights violations
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: An employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, she has been in jail since April, 2016. She has both British and Iranian citizenship, and wanted to visit family in Iran with her two-year-old daughter. She is accused of participating in efforts "to cause the soft toppling of the Islamic Republic." Her foundation, which educates journalists worldwide, has called the allegations groundless
Zahra Rahnavard: Wife of opposition politician Mir Hossein Mousavi, she is perhaps the most well-known of Iran's female political prisoners. After the disputed presidential elections in 2009, she backed her husband. The sculptor and academic has been under house arrest with her husband since February 2011 without charges
Narges Mohammadi: A human rights activist, she was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May 2016, although her work is seen as peaceful. At the end of June, she began a hunger strike after authorities restricted telephone contact with her young son and daughter. After 20 days on hunger strike, she was granted permission to speak once a week with her children
Homa Hoodfar: The Canadan-Irish-Iranian anthropologist has been jailed at Tehran's Evin Prison since 6 June 2016. The renowned academic was arrested during a private visit to Iran. She had planned to research women in Iranian politics. She was accused of creating security problems in the Islamic Republic by taking part in feminist activities
Reyhaneh Tabatabaei: The political journalist has been arrested many times, most recently in January 2016. Reyhaneh Tabatabaei was accused of "propaganda against the state." She supported reform activists. Tabatabaei was sentenced to a year in prison and was handed a two-year employment ban. The Revolutionary Court also prohibited her from participating in any political activities for two years
Fariba Kamalabadi: After eight years behind bars, Fariba Kamalabadi (third from right) was granted temporary release in May. Until 2008, she was one of Iran's leading Baha'i figures. She was sentenced to 20 years for her religious beliefs. While on release she visited Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani. Several grand ayatollahs denounced the visit as a "betrayal of Islam"
"The Foreign Office is in regular contact with the Iranian government at all levels," Johnson told parliament. "It remains a matter that is of the utmost priority for this government and we are doing our level best to resolve it."
Zaghari-Ratcliffe works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charity that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News.
Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards have accused her of trying to overthrow the country's clerical establishment. The Thomson Reuters Foundation and her husband have dismissed the Revolutionary Guards' accusation. (Reuters)
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