The British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) unveiled a joint initiative backed by over 230 cross-party members of the UK Parliament at a conference in Parliament today in support of the Iranian people's uprising and their struggle for a free and democratic Iran.

In light of the recent execution of protesters in Iran, the initiative sets out five concrete steps for the UK, the UN, and its member states to support the popular uprising in Iran. The steps consist of recognition of the Iranian people's right to self-defence as well as the pro-democracy opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and its president-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi; international measures to end impunity for regime leaders; diplomatic boycott of Tehran and securing the Iranian people’s free access to the internet.

We were astounded to hear about the execution of another protester, Majid Reza Rahnavard, hanged from a crane in public this morning. This crime clearly shows the complete desperation and helplessness of the mullahs' regime in facing the Iranian people's nationwide uprising, which has put the overthrow of the entire mullahs' regime in prospect more than ever before. The mullahs' regime has no compunction in using intimidation in its most medieval forms, as the only solution in attempting to prevent the continuation of the uprising.

We were shocked to hear the news of the heinous execution of Mohsen Shekari, one of the detained Iranian protesters, this morning. It shows that the mullahs’ execution machine has begun its lethal work, and another crime against humanity is in the making.

Cross-party MPs and Peers attended a virtual meeting with opposition leader and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs Maryam Rajavi, in the UK Parliament on Thursday, 24 November, and discussed possible steps by the UK to support the popular uprising led by women in Iran.

They welcomed UK’s recent sanctions and diplomatic protests in response to the violent repression in Iran and commended the UK Government’s commitment to hold to account the regime in Tehran for its deadly crackdown on protests.