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State hostage taking experts to give evidence to Foreign Affairs Committee

15 July 2022

On Tuesday 19 July, at 2.30pm the Foreign Affairs Committee will continue its inquiry into state hostage taking, hearing from non-governmental organisations REDRESS and the Counter Extremism Project, as well as international human rights lawyer, Tatyana Eatwell.

Rupert Skilbeck, the Director of REDRESS, and Tatyana Eatwell, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, were both involved in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, amongst other high profile cases.

The session will consider the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office’s approach to consular support as well as looking at possible deterrent measures for those involved in state hostage taking and wrongful detentions. It will also examine an approach adopted by the German Government in negotiating the release of detainees in Iran. Questions are likely to focus on recent cases of state hostage taking and the effectiveness of the actions of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Witnesses

Tuesday 19 July

At 2.30pm

  • Rupert Skilbeck, Director at REDRESS
  • Tatyana Eatwell, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

At 3.30pm

  • Hans-Jakob Schindler, Senior Director of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

Further information

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