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MP Urges Foreign Ministry to Report Violation of Citizenship Rights to HRW

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TEHRAN, August 9 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says the ongoing riots in the UK show how fragile the London regime which claims to advocate democracy is. "The world public opinion and the people of UK must wake up to restore their rights from this empire," Rapporteur of the parliament's Human Rights Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi told ICANA on Tuesday.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:09:26 PM
MP Urges Foreign Ministry to Report Violation of Citizenship Rights to HRW

He said this was the case with most other Western states which adopt a behavior contrary to human rights and democracy in response to their peoples' protests.

The rioting that convulsed poorer sections of London over the weekend spread Monday and early Tuesday to at least eight new districts in the metropolitan area and broke out for the first time in Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham, in what was developing into the worst outbreak of social unrest in Britain in 25 years.

Unrest was also reported by the police in several other cities, including Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol, as well as in three towns in the county of Kent, Southeast of the capital. An enormous fire consumed a large warehouse in the Enfield section of London after a similar blaze ripped through a furniture store in Croydon.

Condemned the killing of a black British citizen Mark Duggan by British police in London, Naqavi said the cause of the UK unrests was the racial behavior of the British police.

He said London complained to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) against Iran for any minor incident in Tehran, adding that the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs too should not overlook the murder of Duggan and should report this violation of citizenship rights to HRW.

In related news, an Iranian Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy subcommittee has urged the UK to immediately stop violent treatment of people protesting the killing of Duggan.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also called on the British police to exercise restraint against protesters.

Mehmanparast asked the British government to start dialogue with the protesters and to listen to their demands in order to calm the situation down.

He also asked independent human rights organizations to investigate the killing in order to protect the civil rights and civil liberties.

The unrest began on Saturday when a few hundred people gathered outside a police station in Tottenham to protest against the fatal shooting of Duggan on Thursday.

The protesters also set a bus and buildings on fire on High Road and broke many shop windows.

Turmoil is now threatening to sweep across Britain as the mayhem and looting has also spread to the central city of Birmingham, the western city of Bristol, the northwestern city of Liverpool, and south London neighborhood of Brixton.

Police said they have arrested more than 200 people since the unrest began.

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