The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) condemns Iran’s regime for intensifying its domestic repression by stepping up crackdown on dissenting voices and unleashing a new wave of executions instead of helping the Iranian people during the devastating coronavirus pandemic in the country.
During a press briefing on 5 May, a spokesperson for Iran’s Judiciary acknowledged the arrest of two renowned Iranian students. The spokesperson also alleged that the arrested students were in contact with the organised Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and accused them of inciting violence.
OPEN LETTER TO THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL
Honourable António Guterres
United Nations, S-233
New York, NY 10017
2 April 2020
Dear Secretary General,
I am writing on behalf of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) to inform you about a recent campaign orchestrated out of Tehran and spearheaded by the Iranian Government to lift all sanctions against the country taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to take Iranian lives.
The international community, especially relevant UN Organs, Commissioners and Special Rapporteurs, should not fall for this sinister campaign which is entirely based on lies and propaganda by the regime in Iran to advance its own interests and survival. The sanctions imposed on Tehran either by the US, UK or the EU, are punitive measures in response to the regime’s unacceptable support for terrorism, destabilising activities in the region, pursue of illicit and clandestine nuclear and missile programme as well as serious human rights violations and killings at home. Lifting the sanctions at this moment will do nothing to help the Iranian people but only assist the regime to increase its unacceptable behaviour at home and abroad by continuing the domestic crackdown and by exporting terrorism abroad.
The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) is extremely alarmed over reports of the coronavirus epidemic in Iran. We note that reports and statements from the Iranian Resistance movement, the NCRI, from within the country which reveal that more than 1200 people have died in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Baroness Boothroyd OM: The UK Government now with its huge majority must recognise and back the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people, their organised Resistance movement NCRI, and support Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point democratic platform as the viable alternative to the current religious dictatorship
Cross-party MPs, Peers, prominent jurists and women’s rights activists discussed women’s rights in Iran and the struggle for democratic change at a conference in the House of Commons, on 25 February 2020, on the eve of International Women’s Day (IWD).