Who Are the Dual and Foreign Nationals Imprisoned in Iran?


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At least 11 dual and foreign nationals or Iranian citizens with foreign residencies were known to be imprisoned in Iran as of June 2019, according to research by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The arrests are followed by a pattern of prolonged solitary confinement and interrogations; lack of due process; denial of consular access or visits by the UN or humanitarian organizations; secretive trials in which the detainee is given limited access to counsel; and long prison sentences based on vague or unspecified “national security” and “espionage” charges. The Iranian government doesn’t recognize dual nationality and has denied these detainees consular access from their home countries. In November 2017, Reuters reported that at least 30 dual nationals had been arrested in Iran since the signing of the nuclear deal in July 2015….