Following the regime's decision to open a case against the leadership of both the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) and the broader opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and try them in absentia on bogus and made-up charges at a trial that began on 7 March, Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool, said:

The real aim of this show trial is to sustain the atmosphere of fear in the country as the popular protests against the regime grow and continue across Iran, which regime officials and state media admit are organised by the opposition coalition, the NCRI and the PMOI.

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.