26 November 2019 In a statement on behalf of the BCFIF, Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool wrote that "British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF) strongly condemns the Iranian regime for its massive crackdown on the protests going on across Iran that began with public grievances over the government’s decision to increase the price of petrol on 15 November." This came in the wake of massive nation-wide popular uprisings in Iran which began in protest to the sudden 300% increase in fuel prices.
These uprisings soon turned into anti-government movements across the country. The regime and the IRGC very soon began using deadly force to suppress the protesters to scare them off the streets.
Lord Alton continues, "We also condemn the Iranian authorities for the near-complete internet shutdown for over a week, cutting off the entire country from the outside world and paving the way for its security organs and the paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to brutally crush the peaceful protests."
"Despite the attempted censorship, credible reports mention anti-regime demonstrations in at least 165 cities across the country during a week of protests and place the number of protesters killed by security organs to over 400 while over 10,000 have been arrested and 4000 wounded in 173 cities. In an alarming move, the protesters are now threatened with execution by hanging by the state media, senior regime officials and Judiciary." There have also been many reports of regime officials threatening the families of the dead and demanding that they pay for the bullets which killed their loved ones.
Lord Alton then goes on to say "We urge the UK Government to work with allies at the UN and EU to secure these measures to end the culture of impunity in Iran. In the immediate, UK must work with allies in the international community to pressure the Iranian regime to restore full access to the internet and to take collective actions to help the Iranian people counter the internet shutdown."
In addition to this, he calls for "the United Nations to immediately dispatch investigative missions to Iran to evaluate the number of those killed, injured and imprisoned and to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the crackdown in Iran and appropriate measures to hold those officials responsible to account.”