While nuclear negotiations continue, Tehran tries to crack down on internal dissent

By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

People who care about human rights and democracy should be appalled by the recent news of the unprovoked raid on a Tehran prison housing many of Iran’s political prisoners. However, as is often the case with these things, it can be important to recognize something of a hopeful story that lays buried beneath the major narrative.

By Prof. Lord Alton of Liverpool

One hundred guards dressed in riot gear stormed section 350 of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison on the morning of April 17 with overwhelming force and malicious intent. Though the exact motives and details of the raid remain unclear, the carnage that ensued has been confirmed by a number of human rights organizations.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, a leading member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF), was opposed to Jack Straw's recent trip to Iran and favours economic sanctions instead

By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

In some parts of the Iranian expatriate community former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw MP is referred to as Ayatollah Straw. He is criticised for what they regard as whitewashing the crimes of the Iranian regime.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Several days ago a man with a neatly trimmed beard wearing a white turban, and professorial-looking rimless glasses featured prominently in Davos. Was it really Hassan Rouhani? Of course Rouhani is Iran's current Ayatollah-sanctioned President and should have every good reason to be at such a prestigious forum; however the man addressing Davos appeared only to share the real Rouhani's appearance.