House of Commons
EDM #1444
Tabled 21 June 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House expresses concern for the arbitrary detention of dual-nationals in Iran from the UK and other nations; stands in solidarity with recent petitions in the European Parliament, US Congress and Canadian Parliament echoing concerns for the treatment of dual-nationals imprisoned in Iran; expresses particular concern regarding the case of Ms Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British dual-national, who has been arbitrarily detained, has been kept in solitary confinement for over eight and a half months and has had numerous trials conducted in secret courts; expresses dismay that the Government has failed to acknowledge any violation of Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's rights; criticises the Government's silence when called on to condemn the actions by the Iranian Government; notes that the Government should make those representations based on human rights obligations; urges the Government to take a more proactive approach when identifying and intervening in cases where British nationals face grave human rights violations; further urges the Government to improve levels of protection for UK nationals imprisoned abroad; calls on the Government to state that in all cases involving British nationals imprisoned abroad, any threat of or actual torture or ill­ treatment will not be tolerated and will be publicly condemned by the Government; and notes that human rights of UK nationals detained in Iran must be a redline in any future trade deals negotiated with that country.