Morning call: the pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Out of the 'zone', but still in the soup (Independent on Sunday)

The problems of the euro could sink even those who wanted nothing to do with it, such as the Conservative Party, writes John Rentoul.

2. The banks will be forced to STOP gambling with your money... and they can meet the costs (Mail on Sunday)

Vince Cable pens an-oped.

3. Different century, same old friendship (Independent on Sunday)

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks a new generation felt the emotional attachment between the UK and US, writes Louis B Susman, the US ambassador to the UK.

4. The fate of the Government is in George Osborne's hands (Sunday Telegraph)

In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor must face down the Lib Dems, and set out a strategy to rescue us from economic ruin, argues Tim Montgomerie.

5. A simple truth to kill the big lie about 9/11 (Sunday Times) (£)

The lesson from September 11, 2001, is never ignore the obvious -- there is simply no need to introduce complexities to understand it, writes Christopher Hitchens.

6. The American dream, and the missing years (Independent on Sunday)

The terror attacks of 2001 ushered in a decade of wars that shattered Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving the world's only superpower robbed of its confidence and stripped of its illusions, writes Rupert Cornwell.

7. Stroppy Tories seem to have forgotten they didn't actually win (Observer)

Nick Clegg is delighted when Conservatives complain that he's stopping them from being more rightwing, writes Andrew Rawnsley.

8. While Galliano's outburst is publicly condemned, 'hate speech' becomes an online norm (Sunday Telegraph)

In our curiously fractured society, moving from offline to online discourse is like ricocheting from Switzerland to the Wild West, says Jenny McCartney.

9. And the award for the most pointless award goes to... GQ for naming George Osborne as the Politician of the Year! (Mail on Sunday)

Suzanne Moore is unimpressed with George Osborne's performance at the ceremony.

10. And Hate Begat Hate (New York Times)

The wave of anti-Americanism is rising in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, even among many who once admired the United States, writes Ahmed Rashid.

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The government must demand that Iran release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Iran's imprisonment of my constituent breaches the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

I grew up with a very paranoid mother. She had tragically lost members of her family as a teenager and, as a result, she is extremely fearful when it came to her children. I used to laugh at her growing up – I indulged it but often scoffed at her constant need to hear from us.

A few days ago, I was in Parliament as normal. My husband, his parents and our baby daughter were all in Parliament. This rare occasion had come about due to my mother in law’s birthday – I thought it would be a treat for her to lunch in the Mother of Parliaments!

The division bells rang half way through our meal and I left them to vote, grabbing my phone of the table. “See you in ten minutes!” I told them. I didn’t see them for more than five hours.

The minute the doors bolted and the Deputy Speaker announced that we were indefinitely being kept safe in the chamber, all I could think about was my daughter. In my heart of hearts, I knew she was safe. She was surrounded by people who loved her and would protect her even more ferociously than I ever could.

But try explaining that to a paranoid mother. Those five hours felt like an eternity. In my head, I imagined she was crying for me and that I couldn’t be there for her while the building we were in was under attack. In reality, I later found out she had been happily singing Twinkle Twinkle little star and showing off her latest crawl.

That sense of helplessness and desperate impatience is hard to describe. I counted down the minutes until I could see her, as my imagination ran away with me. In those 5 hours, I started thinking more and more about my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Here I was, temporarily locked in the Parliamentary chamber, surrounded by friends and colleagues and door keepers who were doing all they could to keep me safe. I knew I was going to be let out eventually and that I would be reunited with my daughter and husband within hours.

Nazanin has been detained in the notorious Evin prison in Iran for nearly a year. She only gets an occasional supervised visit with her two-year-old daughter Gabriella. She’s missed Christmas with Gabriella, she missed Gabriella’s second birthday and no doubt she will be missing Mother’s Day with Gabriella.

But it’s not just the big occasions, it’s the everyday developments when Gabriella learns a new song, discovers a new story, makes a new friend. Those are the important milestones that my mother never missed with me and the ones I want to make sure I don’t miss with my daughter.

Unfortunately, Nazanin is just one of many examples to choose from. Globally there are more than half a million women in prison serving a sentence following conviction, or are awaiting trial. Many of these women are mothers who have been separated from their children for years.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Bangkok Rules - the first international instrument to explicitly address the different needs that female prisoners have. It was also the first instrument to outline safeguards for the children of imprisoned mothers.

The Bangkok Rules apply to all women prisoners throughout all stages of the criminal justice system, including before sentencing and after release. However, Nazanin’s case has seen a wilful flouting of the rules at each and every stage.

Rule 23 states that ‘Disciplinary sanctions for women prisoners shall not include a prohibition of family contact, especially with children’. Tell that to her daughter, Gabriella, who has barely seen her mother for the best part of a year.

Rule 26 adds that women prisoners’ contact with their families shall be facilitated by all reasonable means, especially for those detained in prisons located far from their homes. Tell that to her husband, Richard, who in almost a year has only spoken to his wife via a few calls monitored by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Iran has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and supported the Bangkok Rules, yet it is breaching both with its treatment of Nazanin. It is therefore incumbent upon our government to take the formal step of calling for Nazanin's release - it is staggering they have not yet done so.

As I pass the window displays in shops for Mother’s Day, most of the cards have messages centred around ‘making your mother happy’. If there’s one mother I’d like to make happy this year, it’s Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Tulip Siddiq is Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn