Yesterday I wrote a blog about the need for us all to support the people working very hard in Kent to accommodate refugee and asylum seekers that have managed to reach our nation. Sadly they are being criticised and attacked by small groups of people who appear very unwilling to understand why these people have landed on our shore. As part of my blog I set out an indication of where some of these people have come from which is sourced from a website that lists the numbers of people who last year came to our nation. The largest group came from Iran (3,962) which is not the largest group of asylum seekers and refugees in the world. Across the whole world there was 35,651 Iranians seeking somewhere to live and this was around 10% of the largest national group which came from Venezuala.
Someone called Nasrin Parvaz read my blog felt it would be helpful to make me and other people who read this blog aware of her campaign to help some of the people who are not able to leave Iran because they are in prison and indeed due to be executed. I have reproduced some of the text from her petition below. Along with the people that Nasrin is making us aware of, there is another person who is also in prison and one other person who is unable to leave the same nation because she is prevented from doing so and their stories are much better known.
One of the most recent stories for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was published by the BBC online here back on the 9th September and precisely a year ago today this story was published to explain about Anoosheh Ashoori and this piece was published about him back in July which is where the photograph above came from of his children campaigning for him to be released. These two people are both part British and so it is vital that we work hard to ask for our MPs to persuade Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson to try to resolve these issues as they are leaders of our nation and our Foreign Office. Clearly if we sign the petition that Nasrin Parvaz has set up we can also raise the profile of the men who are due to be executed and perhaps our Government could consider these cases as well as the other two.
The petition is available here and some of the text for it is
My name is Nasrin Parvaz. I was arrested three years after the Islamic regime took power in the early 80s on charges related to my struggle for freedom of expression and a non-religious state where women and men would be equal. I was tortured and sentenced to execution, charged with spying and spreading propaganda against the Iranian regime. After a year and half in prison my late father was able to change my fate. It was eight years before I was released from prison. Now I’m a refugee living in the UK.
I’m trying to save these men from execution with this petition, men who have been struggling for the same thing that I did.
I want to cancel the execution of these innocent men! People in Iran want the Islamic regime to stop execution once for all.