British Prisoners in Iran

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:54 pm on 18th July 2017.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley 4:54 pm, 18th July 2017

I congratulate Tulip Siddiq on her excellent speech and on securing this brilliant debate. She did not comment on another British value—a belief in human rights. I have a fundamental belief in human rights, but Iran is not a place where human rights are prevalent.

Human rights were not discussed at all during the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, in spite of Iran having one of the worst human rights records on this planet. In per capita terms, Iran leads the world in executions, and overall is second only to China. In Iran, moreover, it is mandatory for all women to veil their hair, homosexuality is illegal—I could go on and on.