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Richard Ratcliffe on hunger strike for his wife's freedom Photo: TOLGA AKMEN / AFP

Husband of British journalist imprisoned in Iran reaches 18th day on hunger strike in London

The husband of British-Iranian journalist Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Wednesday entered his 18th day of a hunger strike. Richard Ratcliffe organizes the protest outside the Foreign Office in London to pressure the local government to mediate for his wife’s release.

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Ratcliffe claims that Nazanin is unjustly imprisoned. In 2016, she was sentenced to five years in prison in Iran for plotting against the Iranian regime. Since then, he has spent four years in Tehran’s Evin prison and another year under house arrest.

Richard Ratcliffe on hunger strike for his wife’s freedom Photo: TOLGA AKMEN / AFP

– I definitely look weaker and feel worse. I don’t feel hungry, but I feel cold. It’s a short term tactic. “You can’t be very tall or end up in a coma,” Ratcliffe told the Guardian.

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The hunger strike began before COP-26. Ratcliffe’s goal was to force British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with Iranian delegates at the event to demand the release of British prisoners in Iran.

The State Department told the BBC it was “doing everything in its power to help Nazanin return home”.

Nazanin was a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation when she was arrested at an airport in Tehran in April 2016. Her family and the foundation deny allegations of propaganda against the Iranian government. Nazanin has also worked for the BBC.

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