March 1, 2023

SITREP Pod 2: Free Nahid Taghavi, German hostage in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

SITREP Pod 2: Free Nahid Taghavi, German hostage in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplomacy

68-year-old German citizen, Nahid Taghavi has been held hostage in Iran since 16 October 2020. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Amnesty International have both stated that her detention is arbitrary and have called for her immediate release. Members of the German Bundestag from multiple parties have also stated that Nahid is unjustly detained and have called for her release too.

Many things have happened in Iran in the last year. On this episode, we have the honour of speaking once again to Nahid’s daughter, Mariam Claren who brings us up to speed on her mother’s case. Nahid was released on medical furlough in July last year and was summoned back to Iran’s notorious Evin prison 45 minutes after the German Chancellor criticised Iran’s brutal crackdown on protests sparked by the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

We also discuss the release of French academic Fariba Adelkhah, German citizen and U.S. resident Jamshid Sharmahd being sentenced to death as well as what the Iranian regime, German government and international community should do. We end this episode talking about how journalists and the public can help free Nahid Taghavi and Jamshid Sharmahd.

If you prefer, you can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube

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