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Iran Seminar in British Parliament declares; it is time for change

Iran Conference in British Parliament declares; it is time for changeIran:  Hardliners in power, Iranian Resistance, EU policy under UK presidency

In light of Britain’s Presidency of the European Union and G8, and the recent sham Presidential election that took place in Iran, distinguished members of both Houses of Parliament from the three major political parties, as well as renowned jurists in Britain called on their government to take the opportunity to lead the EU away from its present policy of appeasing the Iranian regime towards a firm policy, which will include the removal of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran from the EU terrorist list.
Iran Conference in British Parliament declares; it is time for changeSpeakers at the conference reflected on the fact that the elections were neither free nor fair, and were largely boycotted.  They further condemned what they described as the appointment of a torturer and “trained terrorist” as the President of Iran
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The call was made in a declaration adopted by a conference held at the British Parliament on 7 July, which was sponsored by the British Committee for Iran Freedom, Bindman & Partners Solicitors, the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute of London Metropolitan University, Imran Khan & Partners Solicitors and 10-11 Gray’s Inn Square Barristers Chambers.
Iran Conference in British Parliament declares; it is time for changeIn a video recorded message to the conference, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, reiterated: “Every day that goes by, the mullahs inch closer to the nuclear bomb. It is time to stop appeasement at once. It is time to make a final choice between a theocratic state in Iran bent on continuing its destructive policies, or supporting democratic change in that country. If democratic change is the choice, then no first step would be more effective than removing the terror label against the PMOI.”
Eminent jurists in the conference also announced the formation of a committee of British Lawyers to work for the deproscription of the PMOI.  The lawyers declared that they would be pursuing every avenue, both legal and political, to achieve their aim.   
Iran Conference in British Parliament declares; it is time for changeSpeakers at this conference included: Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, leader of Labour Peers; Rt. Hon. Lord Renton QC, leader of Conservative Peers; Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser, former Scottish Solicitor General; Rt. Hon. Lord Slynn of Hadley, President of the International Federation of European Jurists and former judge at the European Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal; Lord Alton of Liverpool, former Liberal Party Parliamentary Whip; Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, former member of TUC General Council; Baroness Turner of Camden, former member of TUC General Council; Claire Miskin, chair of the women’s section at the International Bar Association; Lord Clarke of Hampstead, Former Chair of the Labour Party; Lord King of West Bromwich, member of the National Assembly of Policy-making; Andrew Mackinlay MP, member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee; David Drew, Labour MP; Hugo Charlton, human rights Barrister and chair of the British Green Party; Stephen Grosz, human rights lawyer and member of advisory council of the British Institute of Human Rights; Malcolm Fowler, member of the International Human Rights Committee of the Law Society; Edward Grieves, member of the Human Rights Committee of the British Bar Council.
London – 7 July, 2005