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The Independent

Human rights charity accuses Iran of ‘state hostage-taking’

Human rights charity REDRESS has launched a report accusing the Iranian authorities of finishing up “state hostage-taking”.

The report, launched forward of a particular session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deterioration of human rights in Iran on Thursday, estimates that since 2015 there have been not less than 50 circumstances of twin and overseas nationals being arbitrarily detained by Iran.

This consists of Iranian-British nationwide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who was detained in April 2016 and launched in March 2022 together with one other British-Iranian hostage Anoosheh Ashoori.

The report additionally states that not less than 9 European nationals have been detained throughout latest protests following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September after she was arrested by the Iranian Steering Patrol for carrying an “improper” hijab.

REDRESS, which has labored with the Free Nazanin Marketing campaign in drawing up the report, has examined the testimonies of 26 victims or their members of the family.

Their accounts element their preliminary detention and interrogation via illegitimate authorized proceedings, abuses suffered throughout imprisonment, false and abusive propaganda by the regime, and their use as “diplomatic property”.

Leanna Burnard, authorized adviser at REDRESS, stated: “Our report demonstrates that via its hostage-taking apply, Iran is blatantly and systematically violating human rights, together with via torture and ill-treatment.

“The worldwide group should maintain Iran to account through the UN Human Rights Council Particular Session this week, and thru imposing Magnitsky sanctions on these accountable.”

‘Magnitsky’ sanctions goal these chargeable for human rights violations or corruption.

Richard Ratcliffe, of the Free Nazanin Marketing campaign and husband of Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, stated: “We prefer to assume of-hostage taking because the advert hoc apply of racketeering teams. In actual fact, governments at the moment are the market leaders for the hostage taking of British and US residents.

It’s a far more harmful problem when the powers of a state are subverted to legal acts

Richard Ratcliffe

“It’s a far more harmful problem when the powers of a state are subverted to legal acts.

“This report exhibits how Iran’s judiciary, diplomats and media are all now corroded by being subordinated to racketeering agendas and holding the residents of different international locations for diplomatic leverage.”

“The world must cease sweeping Iran’s hostage diplomacy beneath the carpet. Not solely have the Iranian authorities obtained away with abusing too many individuals, the previous months have proven us the place that tradition of impunity takes us for the abandonment of human rights in the remainder of Iran.

“The world is watching, and the unhealthy guys are studying. It’s time to change the dialog, beginning this week on the UN.”

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