Britain, Hostages and Iran

Britain, Hostages and Iran

Britain should classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. Tehran’s detention of British citizens with dual nationality should be assessed as hostage-taking, a group of British MPs said.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.K. House of Commons recently submitted proposals in a new report on the threat posed by Iran. The report states that Britain’s approach to the problem of prisoners with dual citizenship “is not working.”

There are currently four British-Iranian dual nationals in Iran facing imprisonment and other penalties, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

“The U.K. government should call arbitrary detention of foreign nationals what it is: hostage-taking,” said Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the special commission.

According to the document, lawmakers called for the IRGC to be listed as a terrorist group because of its “clear and continued support for terrorists and nonstate actors working to undermine stability in the region.”