A conference held on Thursday, June 30 in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons convened to discuss UK policy toward Iran. The meeting consisted of a panel of experts on Iran, British MPs (Members of Parliament) and Peers (a politician who sits in the House of Lords). The attendees, numbering over 400 and representing the full political spectrum in the UK, met due to renewed concerns about Iran’s abuse of its citizens’ human rights.
The increased number of executions in Iran, as well as the ongoing use of methods of corporal punishment (such as flogging) that have been described as “medieval”, caused the panel to meet and draft a proposal for new UK policies toward Iran. It drafted the following recommendations in order to adopt a firmer policy toward Tehran:
- Strongly condemning human rights violations and demanding a halt to executions.
- Requiring Iran to remove its Revolutionary Guards and mercenary forces from other countries, especially Syria and Iraq.
- Guaranteeing the safety and protection of Iranian dissident exiles residing at Camp Liberty until they all depart from Iraq and reach supporting host countries, especially Albania.
- Calling on the EU, US and world leaders to support the 10 point plan for the future of Iran, presented by the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, which emphasises the establishment of a secular democratic republic, free elections, gender equality in all fields, prohibition of discrimination, abolition of the death penalty, and peace and coexistence in the region and the world.
Mariam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), offered her thanks to the panel for their support, going on to say that Iran has become the major source of instability in the Middle East because of its role in several regional conflicts.
“Khamenei and other leaders of the regime have acknowledged that if they do not fight in Syria, in Iraq and in Yemen, their power base in Tehran would be undermined”, she said in a statement. “This explains why Iran’s ruling regime has turned into the main source of instability in the region … Because the mullahs’ warmongering in the region is contrary to the highest interests of the Iranian people, prevents Iranian Resistance from establishing freedom and democracy in Iran, and has also destroyed the Iranian economy.”
Moves by European governments to ostracize Iran’s clerical government are typically welcomed by members of the Iranian Resistance, who urge western countries to recognize that little has changed in Iran since the signing of the “Iran Deal” and the lifting of nuclear sanctions last year.