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British lawmakers, religious leaders support Free Iran conference

UK Parliament
UK Parliament

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, July 16, 2020—On the eve of the Iranian Resistance’s annual “Free Iran 2020 Global Summit: Iran Rising Up for Freedom,” scheduled July 17, a group of 120 cross-party members of both British House of Commons and House of Lords issued a statement in support of the conference and condemning the human rights violations in Iran. The signatories also called for the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 Iranian political prisoners to be tried for their criems.

“We are appalled by the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of Iran’s 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Some currently hold senior positions, including Head of the Judiciary and Minister of Justice. We are concerned that former Justice Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi in August 2019 vowed to continue the massacre, which targeted members of the opposition People’s Mojahedin (PMOI or MEK),” reads the statement of the British Committee for Iran Freedom.

The British lawmakers also supported the popular protests in Iran against corruption and suppression, and the 10-point plan for a future free Iran outlined by Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

They joined Mrs. Maryam Rajavi on calling on the British Government to “impose restrictions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in the interest of the Iranian people and regional peace and security and the long-term interests of the UK.”

They also emphasized the necessity to proscribe the IRGC and Iran's Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) as terrorist organizations under the UK Terrorism Act.

The British Committee for Iran Freedom also urged the UK government to recognize the right of the Iranian people for democratic regime change and achieving democracy and freedom.

Also, on July 14, 38 British religious leaders including five archbishops supported the NCRI’s Free Iran Global Summit. In a joint letter signed by Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge, the religious leaders urged the UK Government to work with allies to put more diplomatic, political and economic  pressure on the regime so as to secure the immediate release of all political prisoners, detained protesters, and dual national held unjustly in the country.

Among signatories was also the John Davies, The Archbishop of Wales & The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.