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Asylum Seekers: Iran

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 18th March 2008.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench 2:59 pm, 18th March 2008

My Lords, is the Minister aware that in the past 30 years some 120,000 members of the Iranian Resistance have been executed, including women and children? Is he further aware that in this week's elections more than 1,000 reformist candidates were prevented from standing, their newspapers were closed down and they were refused permission to hold public meetings? Given those circumstances and the need to encourage democracy and change in Iran, how can the Government justify the continued decision to proscribe the Iranian Resistance, a decision that our own judges have described as, to use their word, perverse?