By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

Among the ways of measuring a new leader are his approach to the people he is beholden to and the choices he makes for roles of great responsibility.

In the case of Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, the signs are not encouraging. And the U.S. government and the European Union should continue to be wary of his intentions, not just in the nuclear dossier, but also on the Iranian regime’s appalling human rights record.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

One may hope the answer to be "Yes" - but a review of Tehran rulers’ conduct over the past 25 years gives little encouragement.

In late July 1988, the Iranian government began the massacre of political prisoners that continued for several months and resulted in the slaughter of more than 30,000 political prisoners, the overwhelming majority of them activists of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

By Brian Binley MP

Many in the western press and beyond have praised the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate suggesting he will make life better for his people and will extend the olive branch to the rest of the world. So let's look at his record.

By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

As Iran's Presidential elections approach, the fundamentalist regime finds itself in its most difficult dilemma since its inception more than 30 years ago. The supreme leader must make his decision by June whether to cooperate with the West in abandoning his regime's nuclear program or risk increased isolation and domestic discontent that, despite escalating executions, is becoming uncontrollable.