Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe



16 March 2022

Nazanin finally released.

13 Nov 2021

Richard ends his hunger strike sayinghe had promised her he would end the protest, adding their child "needs two parents".

24 Oct

Richard Ratcliffe starts a protest hunger strike in Kings Street in London. He is hoping that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will talk to him during his protest

28 April 2021

Iran has imposed an additional one years imprisonment on Nazanin and a further year long ban on leavening Iran.  She was charged with spreading propaganda against the system. Nazanin has suffered severe physical and psychological impacts from the torture and ill-treatment she has received during the past 5 years. 

12 March 2021

Nazanin Ratcliffe's five year sentence in Iran has come to an end. Her ankle tag has been removed but she is still unable to leave the country and has to attend court at the end of the week to face possible further charges.

28 March 2020

Nazanin Released

Nazanin has been temporally released and is at her parents home in West Tehran. She is required to wear an ankle tag during the release which restricts her movements to 300 metres from home. This means that she will not be able to visit her relatives homes.

Oct 16 2019


Richard Ratcliffe has been reunited with his 5 year old daughter Gabriella after she has spent 1,300 days in Iran. This means that Nazanin would now be permanently separated from  her daughter.

British-Iranian mum Nazanin was brought in front of a parole judge after spending over two years in prison for allegedly trying to overthrow the Government, she was told that she won’t be released until the UK pays a £400m debt owed to Iran since the 70s. 

Her husband Richard, who has spent most of his life in Fleet, has been campaigning for her release and is calling on the UK Government to save Nazanin from being treated like a political pawn and urgently bring her back home.

Richard said Nazanin, a 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April 2016 when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She was transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement.

Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents.

Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact.

There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’.

She was transferred to the psychiatric ward of Iman Jhomeini hospital in July 2019. Richard has stated that his wife is being kept in solitary confinement chained to her hospital bed and under the control of guards.

It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her home.

Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does not work in Iran.

Recently Richard joined his wife taking part in a hunger strike.

Please help bring Richard's wife and daughter home by signing a petition calling on our Prime Minister to use his power and intervene.

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Mr Ratcliffe, 42, was born in Aldershot and went to school in Farnham and Salesian College in Farnborough. 

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