Hostage diplomacy: Call out the kidnapper states

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe calls for new approaches to dealing with state-sponsored hostage-taking

The World Today Published 1 August 2021 Updated 30 July 2021 2 minute READ

Richard Ratcliffe

Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker arrested in Iran in 2016 and jailed for five years for undisclosed national security charges

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker arrested on holiday in Iran in 2016 and jailed for five years after being found guilty of undisclosed national security charges. At the end of her term, she was sentenced to another year in prison and given a one-year travel ban after being found guilty of ‘spreading propaganda against the regime’. The United Nations and British government have both rejected the charges against her. Here, her husband tells of the dangers in not acknowledging hostage diplomacy for what it is

We are waiting. We are waiting for Nazanin to come home. We are waiting for answers as to why she hasn’t. Our family, have been waiting for years now.

The latest development came in mid-July 2021 when the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs briefed that an agreement had been made to swap 10 prisoners with the United States and Britain, saying it ‘could happen tomorrow’.

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