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Lords debates Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's detention

3 December 2021

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The House of Lords debated the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the case for further action by the government to secure her release, on Thursday 2 December. 


Lord Collins of Higbury (Labour), Shadow Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking in the debate included:

  • Baroness Chakrabarti (Labour), former Director of Liberty, which promotes civil liberties and human rights
  • Lord Dubs (Labour), former trustee of the Immigration Advisory Service
  • Baroness Northover (Liberal Democrat), former Lords government spokesperson for International Development and Women and Equalities
  • Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrat), Associate at Global Partners Governance (promotes good governance and supports developing and post-conflict countries).

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), Minister for South Asia, the United Nations and the Commonwealth, responded on behalf of the government.

The Bishop of Chelmsford (Bishop) made her maiden speech.

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Find out more about the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

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Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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