{mosimage}BPCIF: The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom expresses its deep concern over the threat to pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran who face execution or long imprisonment. It urges immediate international action to save these prisoners. PRESS RELEASE

 
{mosimage}The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom expresses its deep concern over the threat to pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran who face execution or long imprisonment. It urges immediate international action to save these prisoners.

The demonstrations have moved beyond anger at last June's stolen Presidential elections. Now millions all over the country demand democratic change and an end to absolute clerical rule.

Top officials of the regime have been calling for a tougher crackdown and threatened to execute the detainees as 'Mohareb' (enemies of God), a charge used by the regime to massacre more than 30,000 prisoners in a few weeks in 1988.

Radical cleric Ebrahim Reissi, a member of the 'Death Committee' in 1988 and currently First Deputy Chief of the judiciary, told state television: "Moharebeh can be attributed to anyone who challenges national security, even those who had stones and wooden sticks in their hands could be called Mohareb". He labelled the PMOI, the leading member of the opposition coalition, as "an organisation that is Mohareb, and anyone who helps them in any way is charged with being Moharebeh".

Ahmad Alamolhoda, Friday prayer leaders of Mashhad and a member of regime's Expediency Council who was the keynote speaker in the regime's staged demonstration in Tehran last month, told the crowd: "The movement on Ashura (27 December) was a Moharebeh and anyone who cooperated with the PMOI is a Mohareb and deserves the death penalty".

The regime has acknowledged that many of the detainees have been identified as linked to the PMOI and their cases have been delivered to the Revolutionary Courts. Execution sentences were issued for some political prisoners, including Ali Saremi who has been in prison for a long time. Continued barbaric physical and mental torture has lead to death of the prisoners and caused concern in the international community.

The BPCIF calls on the international community to act quickly to save the lives of political prisoners and demands:
1. The UN Security Council should use all political, diplomatic, and economic levers to pressure Iran to free all political prisoners and detainees of the recent demonstrations.
2. The European Union and the United States should condemn the violence used against demonstrators and call for an immediate halt to executions.
3. The European Union and its member states should suspend all economic and diplomatic ties with Iran until a complete end to torture and executions.


British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
19 January 2010

Note to Editors:
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom is supported by a majority of MPs of all Parties and 200 Members of the House of Lords.