Iran: Demonstrations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about recent reports of (1) protests being violently repressed, and (2) arbitrary detention and treatment of those arrested during protests.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We are aware of reports of violence used against protesters in Iran. We unreservedly support the right to peaceful protest and call on Iran to uphold its commitments under international law to protect freedom of assembly and speech, and treat all detainees in line with international standards. The UK regularly raises human rights with the Iranian authorities at all levels and we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record on all human rights issues, including most recently at the UN Human Rights Council in March this year.

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