Jim Fitzpatrick MP: Nothing has changed under the new leadership in Tehran

Jim Fitzpatrick MP: Nothing has changed under the new leadership in Tehran

Published by on June 25, 2016

Jim-Fitzpatrich-2British lawmaker, Jim Fitzpatrick, raised concerns in a filmed interview, over the Iranian regime and how moderate it claims to be.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, a Labour Member of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, cites their interference in other middle-eastern countries, appalling human rights record and continued nuclear tests as examples of a government that is not moderate.
He said: “Nothing has changed under the new leadership in Tehran.”
The British Member of Parliament said: “Maryam Rajavi’s program is one which is supported by many politicians in many countries in the West and we want to see real democracy in Iran, we want to see the ability of the Iranian people to choose its own government, free from intimidation, free from the pressure that the theocracy has been pressing on every election. I want to see Iran return to the democratic fold; the people deserve no less.”
Mr. Fitzpatrick described the almost 1,000 executions by Iran’s regime last year as “obscene.” According to Amnesty International, Iran has the highest per capita execution rate in the world.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, the former Minister for London, said: “Every new Iranian leader has been described as a moderate and even more moderate than the last leader but the number of executions continues to increase and there has not been a reduction in the number of people being arrested and there has been no reduction in the number of young people being arrested.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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