An Iranian Iranian detainee, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, went on a hunger strike on Monday to protest the lack of access to medical care and pressure on her to spy on the UK, she told her husband in London.
The British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt has called the Iranian ambassador to ask that Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe be given "immediate access to the care you require."
"His current detention is TOTALLY unacceptable and the way he is treated by the Iranian authorities is a fundamental violation of human rights," he tweeted Hunt on Monday.
An employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, connected to the Canadian-British press agency of the same name, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 in Tehran and sentenced in September of the same year to five years in prison for participating in protests against power in 2009, which he denies.
Her condition has worsened since then, her husband Richard Ratcliffe told a news conference. He found a bulge in his chest and complained of numbness in his arms and legs.
But "the one that really pushed her to the end" was an interrogation on December 29th, in which the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, condemned her release to the fact that she accepted becoming a spy in the United Kingdom on behalf of Iran, he said.
Ratcliffe, who is seeking "diplomatic protection" for his wife – a statute that would force Iran to allow British diplomats to control his health – should meet with Hunt on Monday.
Teheran refuses to recognize Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, as a British citizen, and considers his detention as an internal issue.
The detainee plans to continue his hunger strike for three days, a period that could be prolonged if he does not get the guarantee of adequate medical care.
An Iranian journalist, Narges Mohammadi, will also start a hunger strike in Tehran prison.
This human rights activist, known for his struggle for the abolition of the death penalty, was jailed in his arrest in 2015 when she was spokeswoman for the Center for Human Rights Defenders. Man, founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.
He was sentenced to ten years in prison the following year, also to "create and lead an illegal group".