{mosimage}BPCIF: Cross-party MPs and Peers on Thursday announced their support for anti-government protestors in Iran, describing them as "brave patriots standing for freedom." PRESS RELEASE

{mosimage}Cross-party MPs and Peers on Thursday announced their support for anti-government protestors in Iran, describing them as "brave patriots standing for freedom."

"The demonstrations have moved beyond anger at last June's stolen Presidential elections. Now millions all over the country have shown that they want an end to absolute clerical rule. Today they are challenging the mullahs who have stolen their freedom", said Labour peer Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, chairman of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.

"The British government and the international community must urgently impose comprehensive economic and diplomatic sanctions on the Tehran regime over its abysmal human rights record", Lord Corbett added.

The MPs and Peers expressed concern over the threat to pro-democracy demonstrators who face execution or long imprisonment. They urged immediate international action to save these prisoners.

Top officials of the regime have called for a tougher crackdown and threatened to execute the detainees as 'Mohareb' (enemies of God), a charge used by the regime to massacre more than 30,000 political prisoners in a few weeks in 1988.

The regime has acknowledged that many of the detainees have been identified as linked to the main democratic opposition group People’s Mojahedin (PMOI) and their cases have been delivered to the Revolutionary Courts. Two political prisoners were hanged in January and at least 10 others are on death row for supporting the PMOI.

Lord Corbett said: "The EU and UN Security Council should use all political, diplomatic, and economic levers to pressure Iran to free all political prisoners and detainees of the recent demonstrations, and end its violent crackdown on protestors. Britain should suspend all economic and diplomatic ties with Iran until a complete end to torture and executions.

"We applaud the brave people of Iran in their legitimate expressions of protest against the regime. We fully support the statement by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, who has said that appeasement and negotiations with the medieval regime is futile and will only embolden the ruling mullahs to further suppress the Iranian people".
 
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
11 February 2010