MEK Iran: British MP David Jones Believes that the UK Must Take Action Against the Injustices of the Iranian Regime
It is hugely important that the international community supports the Iranian resistance (The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran))and the people of Iran in the struggle to hold the Iranian regime accountable and prevent future crimes against humanity. In a recent article published to The Telegraph on 13 September 2020, British MP David Jones discussed how the UK can stand in solidarity against the regime.
Maryam Rajavi reiterated the necessity of listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization. She recalled that the Iranian Resistance had declared many times before that the terrorist listing of the IRGC in its entirety is imperative for peace, and security in the Middle East.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) April 9, 2019
A lack of accountability on a global scale allows the regime to continue in its violent and oppressive acts without fear of any consequence. Jones described the UK’s part in the nuclear deal with Iran which has only enabled the regime more freedom to continue on their destructive path: “While still a member of the EU, Britain helped to negotiate the nuclear deal with Iran, which resulted in the suspension of all United Nations sanctions on the Islamist regime. Despite the erratic and provocative conduct of Tehran since the deal was concluded, Britain has, with the other European powers, continued to support it.”
Jones continued to state that for several decades within Europe there has not been enough done to stop the regime from its human rights violations: “Even before the nuclear deal, Europe has generally pursued conciliation and arguably outright appeasement, to the extent of even overlooking vile crimes against humanity in order to avoid undermining relations with the Islamic Republic.”
Instead of upholding justice, the Iranian judiciary oppresses and violates human rights. We urge the international community and individual governments to provide accountability and pursue justice for the regime's many victims. pic.twitter.com/Mr0HpJuJ5g
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) July 17, 2020
One of the worst examples of this is the 1988 massacre in Iran, during which over 30,000 political prisoners were murdered by the regime, many of whom were members of or affiliated with the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK). Iranian dissidents attempted to bring this to the attention of the international community but were largely ignored in the West. There has still been no independent investigation into the massacre and the regime continues to act with impunity.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 3, 2020
In the article, Jones questioned why the international community claims to value human rights and yet will not speak out about the atrocities of the Iranian regime: “In the months and years to come, we will surely find ourselves asking why so many nations that ostensibly value human rights are still treating with a regime that was the focus of an 80-page Amnesty International report published just a week ago, cataloging more than nine months of torture in Iranian prisons.”
He concluded that the UK should take the lead and encourage other governments to demand an international inquiry into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and MEK members: “It will undoubtedly encourage other governments to acknowledge how morally imperative, and long overdue, such action is.”
Jones continued: “If this leads to broader efforts to secure justice for past victims of Iranian human rights abuses, it will go a long way toward challenging appeasement policies as a whole… Demanding the restoration of UN sanctions on Iran and an independent international inquiry into the 1988 massacre would be a good starting point.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in July 1988 ordering the execution of imprisoned…