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 and prominent jurists support NCRI and Iran Uprisings led by women for regime change, IWD Conference in the House of Commons, 25 February 2020

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).

MPs and Peers call on the UK Government to stand with the Iranian people and their just Resistance Movement led by Mrs Maryam Rajavi

MPs call on the UK Government to stand with the Iranian people and their just Resistance Movement led by Mrs Maryam Rajavi during a conference in the House of Commons, 21 January 2020

At a conference in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 21 January, cross-party MPs and Peers discussed the future UK Policy on Iran following the recent protests in the country.

The cross-party speakers stressed that the waves of popular protests across Iran since December 2017 with chants targeting the regime, its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), are public rejection of the ruling theocracy and a nationwide demand for change and a democratic, free Iran.