British Prisoners in Iran

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 18th July 2017.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin 4:30 pm, 18th July 2017

I apologise, Mr Hollobone, as I will have to leave this debate early for another engagement. I congratulate the hon. Lady on introducing this timely and important debate. Is it not the case that Nazanin Ratcliffe’s situation is symptomatic of a regime that is systematically abusing human rights? If the Supreme Leader and the re-elected President Rouhani want to learn anything, they should look back to the history of ancient Persia and King Cyrus, who founded the first ever fundamental charter of human rights, a facsimile of which currently sits in the UN building in New York. They should look back for leadership—and also look forward and get into the international laws of human rights, not just for British or joint citizens but for Iranian citizens as well.