September 24th, 2012 11:53 EST
British MPs and Peers welcoming the PMOI`s delisting by the U.S. State Department "
The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom welcomes the decision of the U.S. State Department to lift the unjust terrorist designation of the Iranian Resistance movement PMOI (MEK).
Yesterday`s landmark decision marks the victory of justice and the rule of law over the policy of appeasement which has been pursued for the past two decades towards Iran`s fundamentalist regime. The State Department`sdecision, long overdue, must nowbe matched with support from Washington for democratic change in Iran.
We congratulate Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi on her leadership in achieving this victory which was the result of her movement`s firm commitment to the rule of law and unparalleled and relentless legal and political battle.
The West must now end its policy of appeasement towards the mullahs and recognise the PMOI and the Iranian Resistance coalition NCRI as the alternative to the fundamentalist regime. The Iranian people have shown time and again they are ready for democratic change. The regime`s representatives must be expelled from the United Nations and their seat must be offered to the Iranian Resistance.
The PMOI`s de-listing by the State Department, which was ordered by the Court of Appeals and which follows its de-proscription in the UK and Europe, opens the way for democratic countries to accept PMOI members currently relocating from Camp Ashraf, Iraq. The UN must recognise Camp Liberty as a refugee camp under its mandate, and Iraq must immediately allow Ashraf residents to transfer their property from Ashraf to Liberty.
Iraq`s pro-Iranian government had misused the label to justify its inhumane siege and massacres at Camp Ashraf in 2009 and 2011 which left 49 residents killed and more than 1,000 injured.
The winds of democratic change are blowing across the Middle East. With the lifting of the chains of oppression on the Iranian Resistance, the Iranian people will gain renewed strength and determination for achieving democratic change. Iran will be free.
British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
22 September 2012
Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington, Former Home Secretary and Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Clarke of Hampstead, former Chairman of the Labour Party
Baroness Gould of Potternewton, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen OBE, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Baroness Harris of Richmond, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords
Rt. Hon. Baroness Boothroyd OM, former Speaker of the House of Commons
Rt. Hon. Lord Dholakia PC OBE DL, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation
Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC, former Lord Advocate for Scotland
Rt. Rev. Bishop of Oxford
Rt. Rev. Bishop of Bath and Wells
Rt. Rev. Lord Harries of Pentregarth FKC DD FRSL, former Bishop of Oxford
Mr. Mike Hancock CBE MP, leader of the UKLiberal Democrats at the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
Lord Alton of Liverpool
Mr. David Amess MP
Rt. Hon. Lord Eden of Winton PC
Mr. Austin Mitchell MP
Baroness Turner of Camden
Baroness Masham of Ilton DL
Lord Roberts of Llandudno
Mr. Martin Caton MP
Mr. Jim Dobbin MP
Mr. Brian Binley MP
Lord King of West Bromwich
Mr. Mark Williams MP
Lord Inglewood DL
Sir Roger Gale MP
Mr. John Leech MP
Lord Joffe CBE
Sir Bob Russell MP
Mr. Mike Freer MP
Mr. Joe Benton MP
Mr. Steve McCabe MP
Rt. Hon. Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde