Mark calls on Iranian leaders to embrace the international laws of human rights

18th July 2017
Speaking in a debate on British prisoners in Iran, Mark Pritchard calls on Iranian leaders to embrace the international laws of human rights and recognise the history of ancient Persia where King Cyrus founded the first ever fundamental charter of human rights.

I apologise, Mr Hollobone, as I will have to leave this debate early for another engagement. I congratulate the hon. Lady on introducing this timely and important debate. Is it not the case that Nazanin Ratcliffe’s situation is symptomatic of a regime that is systematically abusing human rights? If the Supreme Leader and the re-elected President Rouhani want to learn anything, they should look back to the history of ancient Persia and King Cyrus, who founded the first ever fundamental charter of human rights, a facsimile of which currently sits in the UN building in New York. They should look back for leadership—and also look forward and get into the international laws of human rights, not just for British or joint citizens but for Iranian citizens as well.

I agree with the hon. Gentleman. There are problems with Iran as a whole in terms of human rights. In this debate, I will concentrate on my constituent Nazanin, and Kamal Foroughi, who the hon. Gentleman may be aware of.

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