Wednesday 18th January - On January 12, the United Kingdom’s House of Commons held a parliamentary debate on the current situation in Iran, discussing policy options in dealing with the clerical regime and supporting the nationwide uprising, which has persisted for the last four months.  

Members of Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat SNP, and Independent parties took part in this debate.  

The MPs also urged the government to designate the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization for its role both in domestic oppression and exporting terrorism abroad.  

MP Bob Blackman, urged the UK government to proscribe IRGC as a terrorist entity, also explaining why all EU member states should follow this suit. He also referred to the genocidal regime’s four decades of crimes against humanity, such as the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners. 

“The mass murders by the IRGC are shocking but perhaps not surprising. In 1988, the current president of Iran, president [Ebrahim] Raisi, was responsible for the prosecution of 30,000 political prisoners. All of them were executed. Ninety percent of those were members and supporters of Iran’s main opposition movement, the PMOI. The 1988 massacre held many similarities with today’s uprising. That was, of course, rooted in a fundamental conflict between the people of Iran, who were demanding freedom, democracy, and economic and social developments after the overthrow of the Shah,” he said.  

“The IRGC created, founded, and has armed a vast Middle Eastern network of terrorist groups. From Hezbollah in Lebanon to Houthis in Yemen, all spreading war across the region. Iran has supplied Hezbollah alone with some 150,000 missiles,” MP Blackman added.  

MP Anna Firth also joined her colleagues in praising the ongoing Iran revolution while describing it as a movement toward lasting democratic change in Iran. 

British MP David Jones also urged the UK government to invoke the global human rights sanctions regulations against the regime’s officials, mainly for Raisi due to his role in the 1988 massacre. He also urged the UK government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization.  

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