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Lawmaker Urges UK to Add Iran Regime's IRGC to Terrorist List

Lawmaker Urges UK to Add Iran Regime's IRGC to Terrorist List

Dr Matthew Offord, a Member of Parliament from the United Kingdom has urged the government of Boris Johnson to include the Iranian regime's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the UK's terrorist list.

Dr Offord, whose constituency in London is home to the highest percentage of Anglo-Iranians in the UK, was among dignitaries who spoke to around 3,000 Iranians who demonstrated in central London on Saturday at an event organised by Barnet Anglo-Iranians, supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the Hendon and Finchley Times wrote on Friday.

The report said: "The event was a protest against the Iranian government's human rights abuses, public hangings, aggression, piracy, hostage-taking, and terror as well, as in support of people's uprising inside Iran."

Hendon MP Dr Matthew Offord said: "Today our response should be firm, held on the principle that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime of Iran should be held to account to their atrocities.

“These organisations should be proscribed in their entirety under the terrorism act."

This is not the first time Dr Offord has backed UK intervention in Iran’s human rights violations. In 2016, he was one of 200 cross-party MPs who expressed their concerns in Parliament, calling for an investigation into the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, committed by people who still today hold positions of power in the regime, the London paper wrote.

The report added: "Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI, spoke to supporters by video message."

She said: “Your demonstration in London today is the culmination of a series of Free Iran protest rallies that ran from Brussels to Washington, Berlin to Stockholm in a month and a half."

Mrs Rajavi added that the regime understands no language but the language of firmness and determination, and urged the UK and Europe to ‘stop paying ransom to the Mullahs,’ calling specifically on the new UK government to support human rights in Iran.

During the march, a letter was also presented to Prime Minister Boris Johnson by a representative of the Barnet Anglo-Iranian Community of Youth, on behalf of the entire community, urging him to act.

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