British MPs Back the Foreign Affair Committee’s Recommendation to Proscribe Iran’s Terrorist IRGC
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK government published a report recommending that the British government proscribe Iran’s notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
The report has gained significant support among members of Parliament. MP Bob Blackman, the co-president of the International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran, issued a press release on Thursday 17th December giving full support for the report. MP Blackman said that the conclusion of the report is fair when it states that the people of Iran are the main victims of the Iranian regime and that the United Kingdom must support those that are on the receiving end of the regime’s violence.
.@BobBlackman Timely statement. MPs support the Foreign Affairs Committee recommendation to proscribe IRGC. UK Government & .@DominicRaab should heed the call by the @CommonsForeign Affairs Committee report. https://t.co/B2HOOMbzNF #NoImpunity4Mullahs
— Ali Safavi (@amsafavi) December 18, 2020
The Foreign Affairs Committee’s report entitled “No prosperity without justice: the UK’s relationship with Iran” was published on Wednesday 16th December. It highlights that the Iranian regime’s belligerence and malign actions across the Middle East “challenge the values which underpin British foreign policy”.
It expanded on this point by explaining that the safeguarding of human rights, international cooperation, and the upholding of the rule of law are all undermined by the Iranian regime.
– supports the Iranian people
– proscribes the IRGC in its entirety
– imposes Magnitsky-style sanctions on human rights abusers
– ends regime's hostage-taking diplomacy
– stops regime's missile programme https://t.co/C6CnD8tJvh
— Dowlat Nowrouzi (@DowlatNowrouzi) December 16, 2020
The Foreign Affairs Committee calls on the British government to acknowledge the threat that the Iranian regime poses to the people of Iran, and to address the issue. It also urges the British government to proscribe the IRGC in its entirety for “its clear and enduring support for terrorists and non-state actors working to undermine stability in the region”.
MP Blackman said that the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) and the International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran is in complete agreement with the Foreign Affairs Committee and that they “share their recommendations to the Government in dealing with Iran”. MP Blackman described the committee’s report as “timely” and an “important recommendation”.
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) December 16, 2020
He said in the press release that the IRGC is one of the main entities that were responsible for the horrifically violent and brutal crackdown on protesters last November during the widespread uprising.
Tens of thousands of innocent civilians across the Middle East have died as a result of the IRGC’s actions and meddling. Its violence knows no ends and it has been allowed to operate without challenge for far too long.
Seven United Nations Special Rapporteurs sent a letter to the Iranian government in September expressing their concern that “systemic impunity” is being enjoyed by the perpetrators of many human rights crimes. It noted in particular that the perpetrators of the 1988 Massacre have never been held accountable for the execution of 30,000 political prisoners, Many of the victims were either members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Most recently, at the end of November, the trial of the Iranian regime’s terrorist diplomat started. It became clear that the Iranian regime was fully implicated in the plot against the Iranian Resistance’s Free Iran gathering by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), just outside Paris in June 2018. Proscribing the IRGC as a terrorist organization in light of this news seems appropriate.
In any case, it should not be allowed to continue wreaking havoc at home and across the region and the European governments have a responsibility to uphold the values that they hold dear.