Minister of State Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon spoke at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In his speech, he addressed human rights issues in Iran particularly with regards to the treatment of protesters during the recent uprisings. He explained "In Iran in November, we saw the most deadly crackdown against internal political dissent since 1979, and a near-total shutdown of the internet. Faith groups have also been targeted. We urge the Iranian authorities to release those detained, and to respect freedom of expression, religion or belief."