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Closed petition Cut diplomatic ties with Iran in support of current nationwide uprisings

We request that the UK Government cut its diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and call back the British ambassador, in support of the Iranian people who have come out in protest in recent weeks.

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Protestors are chanting 'Woman, life, freedom' in hope for social and political freedom and a truly democratic government like what we have in the UK and other western countries. This is our humanitarian duty to support them by all means possible, and to help stop innocent men, women and children being killed in Iran.

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Government questioned on Iran and the treatment of protesters

On 16 November MPs questioned the Government on the current situation in Iran and the treatment of protesters.

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During the exchange, MPs asked the Government what representations had been made to Iran regarding the treatment of Iranian protesters, and what plans the Government had for further sanctions on the Iranian regime.

What is an Urgent Question?

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A relevant Government minister has to come to the Chamber to explain what the Government is doing on the issue raised. The minister will then usually take questions on the subject from MPs.

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MPs debate the political situation and treatment of protesters in Iran

MPs debated the political situation and treatment of protesters in Iran on Monday 12 January, in the House of Commons.

The debate was led by Bob Blackman MP. Leo Docherty, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, responded for the Government.

What are backbench business debates?

Backbench business debates give backbenchers (MPs who aren’t ministers or shadow ministers) an opportunity to secure a debate on a topic of their choice, either in the Chamber or Westminster Hall.

MPs can make a request for a debate to the Backbench Business Committee, who hears and decides which debates to schedule.

Backbench debates can either be general debates (which do not end in a vote) or be on a substantive motion (which calls for an action and can end in a vote). This debate was a general debate.

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Government responds to petition about uprising in Iran

The Government has responded to a public (paper) petition about recent uprisings in Iran. The petition was presented to the House of Commons on behalf of residents of the United Kingdom.

The petition asks the House of Commons to urge the Government to support the Iranian people's uprising and their desire for democracy.

In response to the petition's request, the Government states that the UK stands with the people of Iran, who it says must be empowered to determine the future of their country.

The Government also states that it has announced eight rounds of human rights sanctions, targeting political, security and prison officials as well as Iran's Prosecutor General.

What are public (paper) petitions?

A public (paper) petition is a petition to the House of Commons presented by an MP.

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Countering Iran's hostile activities debated by MPs

MPs held a debate on countering Iran's hostile activities on Wednesday 8 May in Westminster Hall. The debate was led by Dame Margaret Hodge MP.

The Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Ms Nusrat Ghani MP, responded on behalf of the Government.

What is a Westminster Hall debate?

Westminster Hall is the second chamber of the House of Commons. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise issues and receive a response from a government minister. Westminster Hall debates are general debates that do not end in a vote.

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