British-Iranian detained in Tehran prison for starting hunger strike, daughter says

The daughter of an Iranian-born Briton detained in Iran said her father would go on a hunger strike on Sunday due to the lack of ‘progress’ from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on secure his release.

Retired civil engineer Anoosheh Ashoori has been detained for more than four years in Evin prison in Tehran, accused of spying for Israel, which he denies.

Elika Ashoori said her father would go on a hunger strike from Sunday in “full solidarity” with others, including former US diplomat Barry Rosen, to demand that Iran release all foreign “hostages” and dual nationals.

“My father, who has been held hostage by Iran for four and a half years, decided to join their hunger strike from Evin prison,” Ms Ashoori said in the video posted to Twitter.

“Needless to say, we are extremely concerned for his physical health as he approaches his 68th birthday.

“But having seen no progress in the FCDO’s efforts to secure his release and no sign that the welfare of the hostages currently held by Iran is a priority of the respective governments of the United States, Europe and from the United Kingdom, he will begin his hunger strike in the hope of drawing global attention to the plight of those detained by Iran.

“Please help us by sharing this post using the hashtag #FreeTheHostages.”

According to the BBC, the FCDO said Mr Ashoori’s continued detention was “completely unjustified”.

Mr Rosen, who was one of 52 Americans held hostage at the US Embassy in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, began his hunger strike in Vienna on Wednesday as he called on Tehran to release all foreign nationals before it is allowed to reach a nuclear power plant. agreement with the West.

It comes after Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband spent nearly three weeks in November on a hunger strike outside the FCDO in central London, with Richard Ratcliffe claiming his family was “caught in a two-state dispute”.

According to her family, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was told by Iranian authorities that she was being held over the UK’s failure to pay a £400million debt to Iran.

Mr Ratcliffe said the Government had “shut up” and would not talk about the debt when discussing it with them.

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