Husband Of Detained British-Iranian Aid Worker Held In Iran Starts Hunger Strike

Husband Of Detained British-Iranian Aid Worker Held In Iran Starts Hunger Strike

Andrew H. Sweet

In an online petition with more than 3.5 million signatures, Ratcliffe said he began his hunger strike, his second since 2018, to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government to "take responsibility" for his wife's fate.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe is one of many Western passport holders being held by Iran in what rights groups condemn as a policy of hostage-taking aimed at winning concessions from foreign powers.

Iran convicted her of plotting to overthrow the regime, a charge she strenuously denied. In March this year, she completed that sentence only to be slapped with a fresh one-year jail term for "propaganda against the system."

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