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Ghonche’s hunger strike is a message to the UK Foreign Office


Ghonche Ghavami’s hunger strike is a message to the UK Foreign Office


More need to be done to free two imprisoned British-Iranian women in Iran

Thirteen days has gone since Ghoncheh Ghavami started her hunger strike to protest against her detention and lack of access to her lawyer. Ghoncheh’s life and wellbeing, which was already in danger for being held in the notorious Evin prison, is in immediate danger by her hunger strike now.

Goncheh’s family and friends have been speaking up and have urged the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to take immediate actions in support of Ghoncheh, but FCO has not taken any effective action to free her from prison.

Roya Saberinejad, from Manchester-UK, is another British-Iranian woman imprisoned by the Islamic government in Tehran. Foreign Office has so far failed to take any effective measures to release her from prison. Roya has been in prison since October 2013 and has been given 20 years sentence for putting ‘anti-regime’ comment on her Facebook.

The lives of these two British-Iranian women are in a grave danger. People in the UK can take an action by urging the Foreign Office to pressurise the Iranian government to immediately and unconditionally release Goncheh and Roya and allow them to return to the UK.

Please write to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-UK,   and urge him to take serious action to release these two British citizens from prison. You can also use the following sample letter to send to Philip Hammond.

Shiva Mahbobi

Spokesperson – “Free Roya Now” campaign


 Sample letter:

TO:  Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs-UK


I/We, the undersigned, express our concern for the plight of Ghoncheh Ghavami , 25, and Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, two British citizens who are in prison in Iran.

Roya Saberinejad has been in prison since since October 2013 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for posting an anti-government comment on Facebook. Goncheh Ghavami, has been in prison since June 2014 and she was arrested while trying to enter the stadium to watch men’s volleyball match.

Goncheh Ghavami and Roya Saberinejad Nobakht are both British citizens and the British government has a duty of care for them.

We request that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to put pressure on the regime in Iran to release Roya Saberinejad Nobakht and Goncheh Ghavami immediately.

Name:                                               City/ Constituency



Background information:

Roya Saberinejad Nobakht, 48, is a British-Iranian citizen who has been in prison in Iran since October 2013. Roya is sentenced to 20 years in prison for writing comments about the Islamic regime on her Facebook page. She has been subjected to physical and psychological torture. During the trial her lawyer was present but not allowed to speak on her behalf. Roya was transferred to Shahre Rey Prison which is an infamous women prison in Iran. She is under immense pressure.

Roya’s petition:



Ghonche Ghavami is a 25 years old Iranian-British woman, who studied law in SWAS University in London, has been in prison since June 2014. Ghoncheh was arrested when she was trying to enter the Azadi stadium in Tehran to watch men’s volleyball. In Iran, according to the government’s Islamic law, women are not allowed to enter stadiums to watch sports.  Ghoncheh Ghavami is currently held in Evin prison and has spent 41 days in solitary confinement. She has started a hunger strike since 1st October 2014. Her family is extremely worried about her and there is no sign of her being released.

Goncheh’s petition:






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