Following the Government response to the Urgent Question on the representations the UK has made to the Iranian authorities about ongoing protests regarding the death of Mahsa Amini, Andrew Bridgen urges the UK Government to hold Iran’s Government fully responsible for all their human rights abuses—be they past, present or in the future.
Can my hon. Friend confirm that the UK Government will hold Iran’s Government fully responsible for all their human rights abuses—be they past, present or in the future?
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (Gillian Keegan)
Yes; my hon. Friend makes a good point. Iran’s human rights record has long been of serious concern to the UK, and the FCDO has designated it as one of its human rights priority countries. The continued use of the death penalty, the weak rule of law and the restrictions on freedom of expression, religion and belief are deeply worrying.