{mosimage}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.

{mosimage}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.
 
Robin Corbett, 78, died peacefully of cancer at 8am on Sunday in his home with his family at his bedside.
 
For over two decades, Lord Corbett led this Committee in defending the rights of the main Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), including in recent years the battle to protect the rights and security of 3,400 PMOI members at Camp Ashraf, Iraq.
 
In 2005, he led 35 cross-Party MPs and Peers in legally challenging the UK government’s unlawful proscription of the PMOI, which led to the Court of Appeal de-proscribing the group in 2008.
 
Prior to his illness, Lord Corbett travelled continents tirelessly to press for international protection for PMOI members in Camp Ashraf.
 
In Parliament he was respected across the political spectrum and devoted the main part of his political life both as an MP and later as a Peer to gain recognition for the main Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran and its President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. He built this committee into a powerful voice for the Iranian people and Resistance.

Mrs. Rajavi, sending her condolences to Lord Corbett’s family and colleagues, today described Lord Corbett as the “true conscience of the British people and their representatives”.
 
He will be greatly missed by all members of this Committee, everyone in Parliament, in his political party and by the Iranian people and Resistance.
 
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
19 February 2012

Note to editors:
Robin Corbett was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead in 1974. In the 1983 general election, he won the seat for Birmingham Erdington. He held this seat until his retirement from the House of Commons at the 2001 general election. Whilst in the House of Commons, he was opposition spokesman on Home Affairs (1979-1992), then for national heritage, broadcasting and press until 1995. He was a Labour Party Whip from 1984 until 1987. He was Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1999 to 2001. He was raised to the peerage as Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, of Erdington in the County of West Midlands, in 2001. From 2005 he was chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Peers group.