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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with his daughter Gabriella during a provisional release from prison

An Anglo-Iranian mother detained in Tehran must go on a three-day hunger strike to protest the refusal to provide specialized medical care.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was imprisoned for five years in 2016 after being convicted of espionage, what she denies.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the prison officials had refused to let her see a doctor to examine bumps in and other health problems.

He added that it was hoped that the hunger strike would allow them to take it "seriously".

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Jeremy Hunt praised his courage and criticized Iran for allowing an innocent mother to feel compelled to resort to a hunger strike.

"Too much is too much"

Speak to the observerMr. Ratcliffe said, "We know that a hunger strike has significant physical consequences the longer it lasts, and Nazanin feels a deep sense of apprehension.

"But she can not say many things," Too much is too much, take me seriously ".

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a social worker, will consider extending the hunger strike if her requests to see a doctor are not met, said Ratcliffe.

He added that his wife had medical treatments blocked for the control of bumps in her chest, neurological care for the neck, numbness in the arms and legs as well as for consulting a psychiatrist from outside.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is held in Iran since April 2016

Zaghari-Ratcliffe of Hampstead, North West London, celebrated her 40th birthday on Boxing Day in jail, where she has been detained for more than 1,000 days.

His four-year-old daughter Gabriella has been living with her family in Iran since her detention.

Her husband launched a high-profile campaign for the release of his wife. Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have all called for his release.

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at the Tehran airport in April 2016 after visiting her family on vacation.

She always maintained that the visit was aimed at introducing her daughter to her family.

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was briefly reunited with Gabriella during a three-day provisional release last August.

But since her return to prison, following the rejection of her request for extended release, she has has suffered several panic attacks.

Monique Villa, Chief Executive Officer of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe works, said: "It is extremely shocking to see our colleague Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe go on a hunger strike to protest the inhuman treatment that is taking place. she suffered in Evin prison where her health is already at her poorest.

"I am sincerely worried about the dire consequences of this situation.

"As an employer, I repeat that Nazanin is totally innocent, and is certainly not spy material, as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard describes it.

"The Iranian government and judiciary must act immediately, release it and allow urgent treatment before its health deteriorates further."