CARDIGAN and North Pembrokeshire Amnesty group is organising an event to raise awareness of the continuing plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Inspired by the Cardiff Amnesty group, it is inviting anyone sympathetic to Nazanin’s situation to come along to Stwdio3, on Cardigan High Street and give an hour or two of their time in a knit and natter session on Saturday, May 4.

Nazanin was visiting her family in Iran in 2016 with her small daughter when she was arrested as she was about to fly home to her husband in England. She was charged with spying and has been in prison ever since.

Her little girl, Gabriella, had to stay with her grandparents with only brief visits with her mum and has now forgotten English. Nazanin’s husband Richard has campaigned tirelessly for her release, and the British government has now granted her diplomatic protection, which raises her case to a dispute between states, but which has been rejected by the Iranian government.

Nazanin has suffered a great deal and is now in fragile health, both physically and mentally.

But she and a fellow prisoner have been knitting small items for Gabriella, and this inspired the Cardiff group to make a symbolic gesture for their annual ‘Stand up in the Park’ festival.

They are constructing a chain of knitted links , each comprising 1,190 stitches, to represent the number of days Nazanin will have spent in jail by July 7, when they will be holding the festival.

The local Amnesty group plan to participate with their own knitting event, making as many links as possible to go to Cardiff and also to broaden understanding of the injustice suffered by Nazanin and other innocent people wrongly imprisoned.

If you support human rights - and can do a little very basic knitting - go to Stwdio3 between 2pm-4.30pm on May 4 and knit for Naz. DK yarn and 4mm needles will be available, or bring your own.