• Dual UK-Iranian nationals currently being detained in Iran

    I share the understandable concerns that have been raised about a number of dual UK-Iranian nationals currently being detained in Iran, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi. Serious concerns remain around the continued detention of these individuals, particularly over their welfare and access to consular assistance. As you may be aware, the Iranian Government does not recognise dual nationality Iranian citizens, and I know that requests for consular access to detainees in Iran have been rejected on these grounds. The Government continues to be pressed on these matters in Parliament, and I am aware that the Government has repeatedly raised these cases with the Iranian Government. I also understand that the Prime Minister has raised concerns about consular cases involving dual nationals, including these cases, directly with the President of Iran. I believe it is no longer good enough for the Government to just raise concerns on these matters, and must now demand answers. I hope that the Government will do this, and that these cases can be resolved appropriately resulting in release. I can assure you that I will continue to follow any developments closely. The wider human rights situation in Iran continues to be a cause for concern and I hope the Government will also continue to encourage Iran to make improvements to its human rights record.