As they entered the final day of their hunger strike, protesters staged a mock execution outside Downing Street. They demand that the UK government condemn the “horrific” executions being carried out in Iran.
Iran’s supreme leader in 1988, , issued a fatwa, beginning a five-month purge. The majority of those executed came from the main political opposition party, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran. Many were members of the minority Sunni Islamic community.
Mortimer reports that, “Over the weekend groups of Anglo-Iranians and British supporters marked the anniversary in protest over since the start of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency in 2013.”
The National Council of the Resistance of Iran, who organized the protest, said, “The hunger strikers and protesters are urging the UK government to categorically condemn the incessant cruel hangings that and act with its Western allies to press for an immediate halt to the executions and torture in Iran.”
The NCRI also said they, “called on the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council to refer the human rights dossier of the mullahs’ regime to the International Criminal Court for the prosecution of its leaders including the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.”
Their President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, described the 1988 massacre as an “appalling crime against humanity” and said it was time for the UN “to end their silence and bring the record of the Iranian regime’s crimes before the International Criminal Court.”
“I would like to send my best wishes to all of you who are protesting against the horrific events we have seen happening in Iran over this past few weeks.” said Conservative MP Matthew Offord, adding, “The mass execution of Sunni political prisoners is deeply disturbing and has rightly been condemned.”
Oxford concluded by saying, “A few weeks ago, I spoke to over 100,000 people who attended the annual National Council for Resistance in Iran conference in Paris. It was a great opportunity for myself and fellow parliamentarians to express our concerns over these events and we will continue to stand with you all and highlight your concerns in Parliament.”