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| 18 August 2022, Thursday |

UK FM fails to say how many British detainees still held by Iran

UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss failed to reveal the exact number of British detainees still being held in Iran, as when asked- during a Foreign Affairs Committee meeting- how many detainees are being held hostage by Tehran and what progress the UK government is making in freeing them, she claimed that the government is “continuing to press Iran on the release of all detainees.”
She But concerns have been raised that families of detained individuals may avoid publicizing their cases out of fear of the UK Foreign Office’s reaction.
Pressure from human rights organizations such as Amnesty International was said to be behind the UK government push to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori earlier this year.

During the committee meeting, Conservative MP Alicia Kearns said: “The purpose of the Foreign Office is to keep British nationals safe abroad.”

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