The case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the execution of Iranian dissidents and the regime’s attempts to intimidate the BBC Persian Service raised in Parliament today

Nov 4, 2020 | Uncategorized

The case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the execution of Iranian dissidents and the regime’s attempts to intimidate the BBC Persian Service raised in Parliament today

My Lords, the shocking treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe throws into sharp relief the appalling human rights track record of Iran, does it not? Will the Minister therefore talk specifically about the recent executions of some of the 2019 protesters and the despicable intimidation of members of staff at the BBC Persian service and their families?

My Lords, I join the noble Lord in recognising that the UK has a long-standing opposition to the death penalty, whatever the reason and in whichever country. We continue to make that case to Iran and other nations. Iran’s criminalisation of co-operation with the British Council and the attacks against BBC Persian employees are also deeply concerning. The Government continue to provide support to defend them repeatedly at the highest levels in Iran.

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