We stand alongside those Iranians bravely defying the fundamentalist mullahs who have stolen their freedom.
Their chants of "Down with the dictator" and "Down with Khamenei" reflect their demand for regime change and establishment of democracy instead of theocracy. Our sympathies are with the families of those savagely killed, injured or arrested by the suppressive Revolutionary Guards which is trying to put down this nationwide uprising. Some 200 people are reported murdered.
Iran is ripe for democratic change and it is up to its people and their Resistance to bring this about.
We urge the UK government and the UN Security Council to:
- Pressure the regime to hold UN-supervised elections based on people's sovereignty and not the rule of the supreme religious leader.
- Suspend diplomatic and trade ties and impose a foreign travel ban on Iran's senior officials.
- Refer the crimes of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to an international tribunal.
No one believing in democracy can stand aside.
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
25 June 2009
Note to editors:
The all-party British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, comprised of 120 MPs and Peers in the House of Lords, is chaired by Labour peer Lord Corbett of Castle Vale. It has the backing of a majority of MPs and over 200 Peers.