Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Biography
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian-British dual citizen who has been detained in Iran since 3 April 2016. In early September 2016, she was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of “plotting to topple the Iranian government”. She was temporarily released on 17 March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, while being monitored.
Zaghari was born and raised in Tehran and studied English literature at the University of Tehran, before becoming an English teacher. Following the 2003 Bam earthquake, she worked as a translator in the relief effort for the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
She later worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and then moved to the World Health Organization as a communications officer.
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Age
She was born on 26 December1978 in Terran, Iran. Nazanin turns 43 year old in 2021.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Height
Zaghari stands at everage height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Family
She is a married woman. Nazanin met her husband in UK and after some meetings, the couple tied knot. The couple swore to be together in 2009 and they had their first baby in the form of a daughter who is named Gabriella Ratcliffe was born in the year 2014.
As of 2022, her age is 8 years old. it is heartbreaking to know that the daughter was not told about the increment in her mothers sentence. She was expecting to see her after the completion of 5 years sentence. The new charges have sparked protest in front of the Iranian embassy in London.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Education
Zaghari was born and raised in Tehran and studied English literature at the University of Tehran, before becoming an English teacher. Following the 2003 Bam earthquake she worked as a translator in the relief effort for the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She later worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and then moved to the World Health Organization as a communications officer.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Arrest and Trial
Zaghari went to Iran with daughter to celebrate the Iranian New Year in 2016. She was arrested at the airport itself. Her daughter was first given to her maternal grandparent and later returned to the UK to her husband. The actual reason for the arrest was never made public by the authorities of Iran.
The Official statement said she was associated with illegal group that was involved in an attempt to topple the Iranian Govt. She has been denying the charges put up against her. Richard her husband has put some serious allegation saying that her wife was imprisoned as leverage for a debt owed by the UK to Iran for some diplomatic reason.
Nazanin was sentenced to five years in prison for plotting for against the Iranian regime. The procecutor mentioned that she was involved in a journalist course that is responsible for recruiting people to spread propaganda against the country.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Calls for sanctioning Iranian officials
In September 2021, Richard Ratcliffe and the release campaigns called on the British government to sanction individual Iranian officials involved with the detention with asset freezes and travel bans. Richard Ratcliffe called the detention “hostage-taking”
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Hunger strikes
In June 2019, both Richard and Zaghari-Ratcliffe went on hunger strike, in protest at Nazanin’s imprisonment, with Richard Ratcliffe camping outside the Iranian Embassy in London. They both ended the hunger strike on 29 June 2019, after 15 days.
On 24 October 2021, Richard Ratcliffe went on a second hunger strike to persuade the British government to expand the efforts in calling for his wife’s release from Iran’s detention. His hunger strike took place outside the Foreign Office in London. On 9 November 2021, the 17th day of his hunger strike, there was mounting concern over his health. On 13 November 2021, Richard Ratcliffe ended his hunger strike after 21 days, stating that their daughter “needs two parents.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 1971 arms deal dispute
In February 2018, Richard Ratcliffe said he believed his wife’s release was dependent on the interest on a £450 million debt the UK has owed to Iran since the 1970s for a cancelled arms deal. In October 2019 he repeated the claim with more detail, stating that a UK government agency was using “every legal roadblock to delay and minimise the payment”
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released after 6 years’
The British-Iranian charity worker who has been held in Iran for almost six years, has been released and is AND route back to the UK. Ratcliffe’s “unfair detention” has ended and she will return to the UK today, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Twitter.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s local UK Member of Parliament Tulip Siddiq tweeted a photo of her on board a plane saying she is now on her way home.
“It’s been 6 long years – and I can’t believe I can FINALLY share this photo,” wrote Siddiq. “Nazanin is now in the air flying away from 6 years of hell in Iran.”
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a tweet that Zaghari-Ratcliffe and fellow British Iranian national Anoosheh Ashoori “will be reunited with their families later today.”
Iran’s state-run Press TV said that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been handed over to the UK government, without providing any further details. The country’s semi-official Fars news agency said she was being transferred to Tehran’s international airport, Imam Khomenei, with a British negotiating team.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Twitter
🚨BREAKING: Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has been released.
Reuters reporting two detained British-Iranians – Nazanin and Anoosheh Asoori – on way to airport to leave Iran – lawyer
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) March 16, 2022