The Independent - By Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: As Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the decision requiring all Iranian diplomatic staff to leave the country within 48 hours, the next question is: then what?
It is the failed policies of Britain and the West of attempted appeasement which have allowed Iran to believe it is acceptable for its paramilitary thugs to assault on the British Embassy in Tehran. The regime continues its flagrant breach of nuclear obligations all the while acting as the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the region.
BPCIF: More than 150 cross party MPs and Peers have condemned the Iraqi government's intention to forcefully close Camp Ashraf (home to Iranian dissidents for over 25 years) at the end of this year. They warn about the massacre of 3,400 residents including 1000 women in the camp. So far Iraqi forces, under the command of Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki, have killed 47 of these defenceless and unarmed refugees and injured hundreds of others in two deadly assaults at the behest of the Iranian regime.
BPCIF: Cross-Party MPs and Peers as well as prominent jurists at a Parliamentary meeting in London on Tuesday called on the UK, EU and US to urgently propose a draft text to the UN Security Council approve the stationing of blue-helmet UN security forces at Camp Ashraf to prevent another major massacre when the US forces leave Iraq at the end of the year. The Parliamentarians and jurists demanded that Iraq cancel its end-of-year deadline to forcibly close Camp Ashraf, home to 3,400 members of Iran's main opposition group PMOI (MEK).
The Philadelphia Inquirer, By Tom Ridge and Lord Carlile of Berriew: While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton edges closer to deciding to remove the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen e Khalq (MEK), from a U.S. list of banned organizations, the international media has been awash with Iranian regime propaganda attempting to demonize the group.
The Hill, By Brian Binley MP: On Friday thousands of Iranians rallied outside the US State Department calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to immediately lift the terrorist designation of Iran’s main opposition group People’s Mojahedin (MEK/PMOI) and ensure US forces guarantee the protection of the group’s members in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. I joined them to announce the support of 500 British Parliamentarians from all parties and both Houses of Parliament, and a total of 4,000 lawmakers globally, for their just cause.
Newsmax, By David Amess MP: One of the most important elements of the War on Terror is deciding which groups should be placed on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). The designation of a group by the US Secretary of State must be in accordance with the legal criteria, ensuring not only the legitimacy of the FTO list but also that it conforms with the rule of law, a trademark of American democracy.
Huffington Post UK, By Brian Binley MP:If ever there was a time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove the main Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin (MEK / PMOI) from the US list of terrorist organisations, today is that day.
The Hill, By Lord Clarke of Hampstead: In recent weeks a debate has flared in Washington over whether or not Secretary of State Clinton should remove Iran’s main opposition movement, the People’s Mujahidin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO). The subject has been receiving exceptional attention in the media as we approach the anticipated decision in the next few weeks.
The New York Times, Letters, By Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: To the Editor: “An Iranian Cult and Its American Friends,” by Elizabeth Rubin (Sunday Review, Aug. 14), repeats unfounded allegations against the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran.
Huffington Post UK, By Brian Binley MP: In recent weeks, The New York Times has run a couple of articles hinting, if not stating outright, that those who have been speaking in support of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the leading organisation of Iranian dissidents, are dupes of the organisation. They label the MEK a "cult" and seek to persuade the State Department not to remove it from its list of terrorist organisations, a designation imposed in 1997.
The Independent, By Lord Corbett of Castle Vale: The murder of 50 defenceless Iranian pro-democracy dissidents by Iraqi troops recently must add to the headache of the wives and husbands, children, brothers and sisters and grandparents of those who gave their lives to help Iraqis find their way to democracy after Saddam Hussein.
Daily Mail, By Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen: Amid an Arab spring changing the landscape of the Middle East, international support for people’s demand for their inalienable human rights has shown to be vital.