Iranske myndigheter har trakassert de lokalt ansatte ved British Council i Teheran, slik at kontoret er blitt tvunget til å stenge. Briter har ikke fått fornyet visum, slik at kontoret har stått uten britisk ledelse i to år.
De 16 lokalt ansatte ble i desember innkalt til presidentens kontor og bedt om å si opp. Det forteller Martin Davidson fra London.
That left its 16 local employees, most of whom were summoned to the Iranian Office of the President in December, where they were ordered to resign from their posts, Mr Davidson said.
«It was a very deliberate act that essentially made it impossible for us to operate there,» he added.
Earlier in December, two Iranian staff members had their passports confiscated while trying to leave the country to attend a meeting.
«These actions by the Iranian authorities are unacceptable,» Mr Davidson said. «They are designed to pressurise our staff with the clear intention of stopping our cultural and educational work in the country.»
12.000 mennesker tok engelskkurs i fjor. De blir nå stående uten tilbud.