Protests in Iran

I received many emails from constituents about the Iran protests in November, and sadly, nothing has improved there in the interim.

I am shocked and appalled by the events surrounding the death, whilst in custody, of Mahsa Amini, and the subsequent arrests, and deaths of those who have taken to the streets in protest.

I condemn the executions of Mohsen Shekari  and Majod Reza Rahnavrd. And I stand in solidarity with the many brave women and allies in Iran and around the world protesting for freedom and rights in Iran.

I would like to express my condolences to all of the bereaved families in Iran, they should know that we are with them, we support them, and we sympathise with them. And such bravery from Iran’s football team Captain, Ehsan Hajsafi, using his platform to stand up for human rights.

I have signed EDM (Early Day Motion) 581 to that effect:

Protests in Iran (Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East)

That this House notes that protests against the Iranian government have been taking place for the last two months in Iran following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini; further notes with alarm that the Iranian authorities have killed more than 300 people and detained thousands of others in response; understands that hundreds of people have been charged for their participation in the protests, with at least one person being sentenced to death so far; reaffirms its solidarity with pro-democracy and human rights activists, and its opposition to violent repression and the use of death sentences; urges the Government to call for the UN Human Rights Council to establish an international investigative and accountability mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve, and analyse evidence of the most serious crimes under international law committed in Iran; and calls on the Government to commit to exercising universal jurisdiction to criminally investigate and prosecute Iranian officials suspected of criminal responsibility for crimes under international law and to strengthen Magnitsky-style sanctions on officials involved in human rights abuses.