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Open Letter to Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson, MP To Support the Iranian Resistance

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Since 2004, after the failed coup against the Iranian Resistance in 2003, carried out by the then French government at the behest of the Iranian regime, Iranian expats are holding a summit known as “The Free Iran World Summit”.

This event is dedicated to focusing attention on the task of liberating Iran from religious fascism, holding Iran and its people captured, and paving the way for a free, democratic, and sovereign future. Since then, lawmakers, former senior government officials, distinguished personalities, human rights activists, and advocates from around the world join in-person or online in solidarity with the Iranian people’s unrelenting struggle for freedom.

On June 30, 2022, in an open letter to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Rt Hon Davis Jones MP, on behalf of 120 MPs and UK dignitaries, wrote and endorsed the upcoming Free Iran 2022 World Summit and urged the Prime Minister to adopt a new strong approach to the Iranian regime.

“On behalf of 15 Parliamentary and international committees and over 120 parliamentarians and dignitaries who have expressed solidarity with the World Summit for a Free Iran 2022, scheduled for 23rd and 24th July, we write respectfully to draw your attention to the need to take a firm approach to the oppressive theocracy that has been ruling Iran for more than four decades,” the letter said.

The signatories reminded the UK’s Prime Minister that the Iranian regime, “is the world’s number one executioner per capita of its citizens and the only executioner of minors. It has ruthlessly suppressed all forms of peaceful dissent and protests by teachers, educators, workers, farmers, retirees, pensioners, nurses, and students, among others. No sector of Iranian society has been spared.”

They noted that the Iranian regime has not plundered the nation’s wealth and resources, but also is arming and training its terrorist proxy forces in the Middle East, is advancing its dangerous missile and nuclear programs in defiance of its international obligations, and that all by squandering the nation’s wealth.

They emphasized that the carefully engineered presidential election which brought Ebrahim Raisi into office, who is infamous for his role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were members or supporters of the PMOI/MEK democratic opposition, is considered to have the free rein to “suppress any form of dissent.”

In their letter, they saluted the MEK’s Resistance Units and praised their struggle against the regime, while pointing out that these brave people, “have waged a nationwide campaign to break the wall of repression and have inspired the protests and demonstrations to a point where outright opposition to Khamenei and Raisi is openly and enthusiastically voiced.”

They called for the support of the Iranian Resistance and added, “On 23rd July, thousands, including colleagues from five continents, will be joining the Free Iran World Summit 2022, to voice our support for Iranian people’s Resistance and its 10 Point Plan for a secular republic in Iran and to reiterate that the people of Iran have the right to resist the regime for freedom.”

Finally, they underscored to the UK’s prime minister that, “the experience of the past 40 years has made it palpably clear that appeasement has never worked.”

Partial list of supportive parliamentarians & dignitaries:

Parliamentarian Committees for a Free Iran:

  • British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF)
  • International Committee of Parliamentarians for a Democratic Iran (ICPDI)
  • European Parliament Friends of a Free Iran (FoFI)
  • Le Comité français pour un Iran démocratique (CFID)
  • Comitato dei Senatori Italiani per un Iran Democratico
  • Comitato italiano di parlamentari e cittadini per Iran Libero
  • Deutsches Solidaritätskomitee für einen freien Iran (DSFI)
  • Comité Belge des Parlementaires et Bourgmestres pour un Iran Démocratique
  • Comité suisse pour la démocratie et laïcité en Iran
  • Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran (CFDI)
  • Australian Supporters of Democracy in Iran
  • Friends of a Free Iran & Against Fundamentalism (Nordic)
  • Comitetul Parlamentarilor Romani Pentru Iranul Liber
  • The Dutch Group of Friends of a Free Iran

ISJ – International Committee in Search of Justice

  • Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-president of the European Parliament (1999 – 2014), ISJ President
  • Ambassador Giulio Terzi, former foreign minister of Italy (2011-2013)
  • Struan Stevenson, former MEP-President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009 – 2014)
  • Paulo Casaca, former MEP-former Chair of European Parliament’s delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

United Kingdom:

  • Rt Hon David Jones MP, former Secretary of State
  • Dr Matthew Offord MP
  • Bob Blackman MP
  • The Baroness Verma, former Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) and Parliamentary Under Secretary (Department for International Development)
  • The Baroness Harris of Richmond DL, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
  • The Lord Clarke of Hampstead CBE
  • The Rt Hon. the Baroness Boothroyd OM, former Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Steve McCabe MP, former Shadow Minister, and Opposition Whip
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Dholakia OBE DL, Co-Deputy Leader of the Liberal
  • Democrat Peers and former Party Chair
  • The Prof. Lord Alton of Liverpool
  • The Rt Rev. the Lord Harries of Pentregarth DD, former Bishop of Oxford
  • Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP, former Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party
  • Rt Hon John Spellar MP, former Minister
  • John Cryer MP
  • Ian Mearns MP
  • Jim Shannon MP

France:

  • André CHASSAIGNE MP
  • Bertrand PANCHER MP
  • Brahim HAMMOUCHE MP
  • Yannick FAVENNEC MP
  • Philippe GOSSELIN MP
  • Constance LE GRIP MP
  • Éric DIARD MP
  • François PUPPONI MP
  • Frédéric REISS MP
  • Hervé SAULIGNAC MP
  • Hubert WULFRANC MP
  • Jean-Michel CLEMENT MP
  • Nadia ESSAYAN MP
  • Pierre-Yves BOURNAZEL MP
  • Yannick FAVENNEC MP
  • Alain VIVIEN, former Minister
  • Alain VIDALIS, former Minister
  • Alain NERI, former Senator
  • Jean-Pierre BRARD, former MP
  • François Colcombet, former MP
  • Martine PINVILLE, former MP
  • Jean-Pierre BRARD, former MP
  • Michèle de VAUCOULEURS, former MP
  • Jacques Boutault, former Mayor & MP
  • Guy Schmitt, Mayor
  • Bruno Macé, Mayor
  • Jacky Duminy, Mayor
  • Jean-François Legaret, former mayor
  • Jean-Pierre BEQUET, former Mayor
  • Yves BONNET, former director of DST
  • Gilbert MITTERRAND, Chair of Danielle Mitterrand foundation

Italy:

  • Senator Roberto Rampi
  • Stefania Pezzopane MP
  • Antonio Tasso MP
  • Elisabetta Zamparutti, former MP
  • Carlo Ciccioli, former MP
  • Antonio Stango
  • Cristina Belpassi, Mayor
  • Donatella Paganelli, Mayor
  • Emanuele Faduzzi, Mayor
  • Francesco Cavallero, Mayor
  • Giovanni De Michelis, Mayor
  • Luca Panetta, Mayor
  • Mauro Giuseppe Castelli, Mayor
  • Paolo Bodoni, Mayor
  • Ricardo Travaglini, Mayor
  • Toni Matarrelli, Mayor
  • Roberto Rossini, Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (CGIL)

Germany:

  • Hermann-Josef Scharf, Deputy Chairman of the Christian Democratic Party of
  • Saarland
  • Martin Patzelt, former MP
  • Belgium:
  • Senator Mark Demaesmaker
  • Dirk Claes, honorary Senator
  • Pierre Galand, honorary Senator, chairman of OMCT – Europe
  • Serge de Patoul, honorary MP
  • Nordic Countries:
  • Kimmo Sasi, former MP and Minister from Finland
  • Jan-Erik Enestam, former Minister from Finland
  • Lars Rise, former MP from Norway
  • Edvard Julius Solnes, former Minister from Iceland

Switzerland:

  • Laurence Fehlmann-Rielle, Federal MP
  • Pagani Remy, Geneva MP
  • Jean-charles Rielle, Geneva MP
  • Eric Voruz, former MP
  • Nils de Dardel, prominent lawyer
  • The Netherlands:
  • Henk de Haan, former MP, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Poland:

Marcin Swiecicki, former Minister

Romania:

  • Romeo Nicoara, former MP
  • Maria Grecea, former MP
  • Maria Eugenia Barna, former MP
  • Mihai Deaconu, former MP
  • Andreu Gerea, former MP
  • Daniel Buidurescu, former MP
  • Liviu Titus Pasca, former Senator
  • Moldova:
  • Petre Stirbate, former MP
  • Sergiu Ceaus, former MP

Canada:

Tony Clement, former Minister

Australia:

  • Meredith Burgmann, former President of NSW Parliament House
  • Penny Sharpe MLC MP, Leader of the opposition in the legislative council &
  • Shadow Minister of Environment
  • Anna Watson MP
  • Lynda Voltz MP
  • Sonia Hornery MLA MP
  • Claire Moore MP
  • Bruce Childs, former Senator
  • Doug Cameron, former Senator
  • Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans, former MP
  • Don Nardella, former MP
  • Sylvia Hale, former MP
  • Rev Brian Medway, National President of CrossLink Christian Network Australia
  • Father Claude Mostowik, National President of Pax Christi Australia
  • Phil Glendenning, Director of Edmund Rice Center

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