{mosimage}I do wish I could be with you today but sadly pressure of work does not allow it.  Believe me; I am with you in spirit as are, in ever increasing numbers, my colleagues in both Houses at Westminster.

Message to Iranians rallying in New York
Statement by the Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
September 2010.

{mosimage}I do wish I could be with you today but sadly pressure of work does not allow it.  Believe me; I am with you in spirit as are, in ever increasing numbers, my colleagues in both Houses at Westminster.

As I support you, I also wish to express my solidarity with the brave protestors in Iran, who in their quest for freedom and democracy in Iran, are currently facing torture and threat of execution. I applaud those brave millions in Iran who are risking their lives to take to the streets to demand an end to clerical rule.

Today you, the representatives of the Iranian nation, who are planning to protest outside the United Nations, against the regime’s illegitimate president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have my complete respect, support and sympathy, as I indicated when I joined you in London and recently in Paris.

One has carefully observed and admired how the slogans chanted by the people, during anti-regime protests, have been targeted at the very heart of the regime. They chant "Down with Khamenei” and "Death to the principle of velayat-e faqih" (or absolute clerical rule) and that is imprinted on our hearts.  My prayers are with those thousands who remain behind bars for demanding freedom from oppression and persecution.

In recent months the regime has announced that it considers a number of those arrested in the course of the protests as "Mohareb", or as someone who has waged war on God.  Those of us who share the Love of God, irrespective of our faith, are outraged by this blasphemy.

According to the regime their crime is that they were cooperating with the main opposition organisation, the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran. This, in the regime's view, automatically makes them "Mohareb" and a threat to national security, thereby punishable by execution. Again, I believe such blasphemy against God’s people by their ruthless and evil leaders will not go unpunished.

I am, nonetheless, seriously concerned that the regime is using this bogus charge of "Mohareb" to set the stage for a new wave of political executions. One is conscious that long-time political prisoners like Ali Saremi, whose son is with the PMOI in Camp Ashraf, have been sentenced to be executed. My Parliamentary colleagues and I believe that, and will continue to urge that, the British government must urgently intervene to pressure the Iranian authorities to halt the execution of political prisoners.

Let me, therefore, as I join you in spirit today, urge our government to request the UN Security Council to take up the case of Iran's appalling human rights situation.  The Security Council must use all political, diplomatic, and economic levers to pressure Iran to free all political prisoners.  The United States must also honour international law and, as we have done in the U.K., remove the ban on the PMOI and its gallant leader Mrs Rajavi.

Finally, I urge the US government to deny Ahmadinejad and his cronies visas, to visit New York in September.  To permit them to do so would be the antithesis of the principles that United States and the United Kingdom share and would call our very relationship into serious question. God bless you all.

Ken Maginnis.
Westminster
LONDON.