participants condemned Iran’s systematic and severe violation of human rights and called for the referral of its case to the United Nations Security Council
Declare Camp Liberty a UN refugee camp and protect the rights of Ashraf residents, prevent Iraqi government from pilfering their property.
The need to investigate the conduct of the UNSG Representative in Iraq with respect to Iranian dissidents in Camps Ashraf and Liberty.
Formation of "Centre for Human Rights in Defence of Political Prisoners in Iran" by British parliamentarians.
On Thursday, November 29, in a conference held by the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom that enjoys the support of a majority of MPs and over 200 Peers at the both Houses of Parliament, a cross-party panel warned that as the Iranian regime’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons, full fledge support for massacre of Syrian people by Assad regime and unabated support for terrorism is threatening the international community with a major crisis, it is time for a change of policy by the UK government to a robust policy based on regime change in Iran at the hands of the Iranian people and their resistance movement.
The conference was chaired by Lord Clarke of Hampstead and was addressed by Lord Avebury, Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, Lord Cotter, Brian Binley MP, Mark Williams MP, David Amess MP, David Vaughn QC, the UK Representative of National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Dowlat Nowrouzi and Taher Boumedra, former chief of human rights in the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and advisor to the Special Representative of UN Secretary General (SRSG) on Ashraf.
The participants condemned Iran’s systematic and severe violation of human rights and called for the referral of its case to the United Nations Security Council. They also condemned the systematic pressures and suppression of the residents of Ashraf and camp Liberty in Iraq, who are members of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), the principal Iranian opposition movement. Attacks by Iraqi forces on Camp Ashraf in 2009 and 2011 led to the death of 49 residents. Speakers stated that the forcible relocation of the residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty emanated on Tehran’s fear of its organized opposition and expressed their support for the rights of the residents. The parliamentarians warned about Iraqi government’s plot to pilfer the property of Ashraf residents and called on the British Government to voice support within the United Nations for declaration of Camp Liberty as a refugee camp under international protection.
Lord Clarke also announced the new initiative by the British parliamentarians to form the "Centre for Human Rights in Defence of Political Prisoners in Iran" to monitor, report and take urgent actions regarding violations of human rights in Iran. In recent months, there has been a sharp rise of executions in Iran and at present there are many political prisoners under death row.
The cross-party members of the UK Parliament stated that the regime change in Iran at the hands of the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is the only viable solution to Iran crisis.
In a video message to the conference, Mrs. Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said, the world listened to our long-standing call and introduced sanctions against the regime. Unfortunately, Western policy towards the Iranian regime is still based on appeasement. To avert their overthrow, the mullahs have declared war on the Iranian people and the international community. They are hard at work to build the atomic bomb, to provide extensive support to Assad's dictatorship and to step up repression inside Iran. Inactions, continuing to engage in fruitless dialogue or simply taking public stance against this regime is the extension of the failed policies of the past. The right solution is regime change, which the Iranian people urgently demand.
She stressed that the mullahs have resorted to torture and execution on a daily basis for their survival. She noted that the mullahs have increased the number of executions in from 550 in 2010 to 670 in 2011. “On behalf of the Iranian people's Resistance, I call on the world community, especially the United States and the United Kingdom to hold the regime accountable for its gross violation of human rights, torture and systematic rape of prisoners and refer the Iranian regime's
human rights dossier to the UN Security Council and put regime's leading officials, particularly Khamenei on trial for committing crimes against humanity,” Mrs. Rajavi urged.
Mr Taher Boumedra, who resigned from his UN post in Iraq due to UN failure to meet its humanitarian obligations toward Ashraf residents, unveiled some of the practices of the UNAMI and SRSG Martin Kobler, the UNAMI chief, denying the fundamental rights of the residents in camps Liberty and Ashraf. He revealed some of the cases in which Mr Kobler succumbed to desires of the Iraqi Government and its unlawful and suppressive measures against the residents.
Lord Avebury stated that the Iranian regime is one step away from achieving nuclear weapons and that, apart from sanctions, other measures should be taken.
Given the dismal record of Martin Kobler and his lack of impartiality, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass called on the UN Secretary General to replace him on the dossier of Ashraf. He also spoke about the record of human rights abuses by the Iranian regime with over 120,000 political executions.
Mark Williams, MP stated that the policy of appeasement towards Iran has not worked and the only viable option is regime change in Iran by the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance, which is a credible alternative to the current regime. We must step up the pressures on the regime and have tougher sanctions.
David Amess, MP spoke about the plight of residents of Camp Liberty and stated that Martin Kobler was no longer an independent mediator but a spokesman for the Iraqi government. "Martin Kobler must go and he must go now. We would like him to be replaced immediately so that the rights of the residents can be preserved and their ultimate relocation finalised. With Kobler in charge, this will never be possible and the threat of a further Iraqi attack will linger" he said.
Brian Binley, MP said, "After 15 years of negotiations and policy of carrots and stick towards Iran over its nuclear issue and the abandonment of its enrichment program, the West has achieved nothing. On the other hand, the terrible human rights record of the regime is not acceptable. Tehran regime is facing several acute crisis on different fronts including its nuclear program, the inevitable
fall of its closest strategic ally, Bashar al-Assad and the intense fighting amongst its different factions, it is now the best opportunity of regime change in Iran and the West needs to realise these decisive moments and adopt this policy."
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, QC pointed to the serious breaches of human rights of the residents of Ashraf and Liberty by Martin Kobler and called them "disgraceful and unacceptable". He also added his voice to the other parliamentarians for regime change in Iran. Ms. Dowlat Nowrouzi of the NCRI stated, "Despite the ruling religious dictatorship and hollow show of power, they are engulfed with crisis, bankrupt economy, government corruption and intensification of factional feuding, raising public discontent and protests, confronting world community and obtaining nuclear bomb..... After de-listing the PMOI by the US, it is time for the UK, Europe and the US to support millions of Iranian people's aspirations for regime change led by their organised Resistance movement."
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