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.”

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UK cul­ture body halts Iran work

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