BPCIF celebrated the Iranian New Year, Nowrouz, in Parliament on Wednesday 14 March 2012. Nowrouz coincides with spring equinox and is celebrated by over 300 million people around the world. In October 2009 Nowrouz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The advances made in Iran’s nuclear programme must be a wake-up call to the rest of the world, writes Lord Fraser. Oppressive regimes view diplomacy as a one-way street. They accept concessions and then stall when asked to reciprocate. Meanwhile, they continue their nefarious behaviour.
BPCIF: A letter signed by 110 cross-Party MPs and Peers was on Thursday delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Lancaster House urging him to ensure United Nations protection for 3,400 Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
BPCIF: With great sorrow, the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom announces the death of its chairman Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, a champion of the cause of human rights and democracy in Iran.
BPCIF: Baroness Boothroyd chaired the meeting in the Parliament on 31 January 2012. She raised serious questions about relocation of Ashraf residents and said: some of us ask ourselves why did these people have to leave Ashraf to enable United Nations to start its work identifying each and every one of the 3300 people there? Why could not they go through the usual UN refugee procedures without having to relocate inside Iraq?
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Sadly, those words by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels more than 70 years ago still ring true and remain a key tactic of despots.
"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."
That old adage is being tested these days in Iraq, where the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki is doing its best to fool the 3400 members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) into a no-win move from their home in Camp Ashraf. But the Iranian dissidents and the world community is not buying.
BPCIF: MPs and Peers condemn Iraq for transforming parts of an ex-US base in Baghdad, Camp Liberty, into a makeshift prison to house some 3,400 Iranian dissidents - members of the main Iranian opposition PMOI who are currently residing in Camp Ashraf, 90 km north of Baghdad.
The situation surrounding the safety of 3,400 members of an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq has taken a significant turn in the halls of the White House.Clinton and her team in Iraq must succeed in guaranteeing the safety of the Camp Ashraf residents.
Huffington Post by David Amess - Tehran mullahs were hoping that they would entrap the opposition in Ashraf by 31 December, have them massacred and then point their fingers to the opposition leaders as those who caused the human catastrophe. They were looking for a win-win situation. But their hand was called and rebuffed.
The Washington Times, By Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: Dec. 7 was the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. History seems to be repeating itself, but the question remains: Have our leaders learned their lesson?
Huffington Post - By David Amess: If reminders of the bestial nature of the mullahs' regime were needed, events in Tehran last week did not disappoint.
Last Sunday, the Iranian Parliament ordered the expulsion of British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott and downgraded diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom.
The next day, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei incited crowds with his hate-speech, saying that Britain "has a history of humiliating nations, destroying cultural and civilization heritage and taking control of their resources."