A panel of 30 members of Parliament and women’s rights activists from the UK and Europe urged their governments to put human rights at the forefront of Iran policy when they participated in an online conference sponsored by the British Committee for Iran Freedom on International Women’s Day, 8 March.

The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) raised the case of Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium on charges of terrorism and terrorist murder, in a letter to Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on 20 February 2021.

The letter notes that following Assadi’s arrest in Germany, a notebook was confiscated in the diplomat’s car proving that he was leading a wider Iranian network across Europe.

As the trial against the Iranian diplomat and his accomplices concluded on 3 December 2020, 240 cross-party lawmakers from 19 European countries including the UK, issued a statement urging the UK and European Governments to protect Europe from Iran’s state terrorism.

The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) strongly condemns the new sentence against the Iranian political prisoner, Mr Saeid Sangar, 47.

The House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee published a report titled “No prosperity without justice: the UK’s relationship with Iran” on 16 December 2020.

The Foreign Affairs Committee states: “Iran’s malign regional actions challenge the values which underpin British foreign policy. International cooperation, safeguarding human rights, and upholding the rule of law are all weakened by Tehran.”