Baroness Betty Boothroyd, former Speaker of the UK House of Commons
Speech to FreeIran2020 Global Summit: Call for Justice – July 19, 2020
Madam President Maryam Rajavi,
Dear Iranian friends, honorable colleagues and distinguished personalities,
It is a very great privilege to join you online for the Global Free Iran Summit.
We are not able to gather as we traditionally did each summit in Paris because, of course, of the pandemic and the social distancing rules.
But I want to register and thank the Iranian resistance movement, the NCRI, for organizing this international online event to give an opportunity to come together yet again to express our solidarity with the Iranian people, their organized resistance and to show our support for the cause of human rights, freedom and a democratic Iran.
What we demonstrate is that not even a pandemic can stop us from standing with the brave people of Iran and support their just demands for change, for a free and democratic nation.
No body symbolizes and represents the Iranian people’s struggle against the regime better than my dear friends in the NCRI and my special friend, President-elect Maryam Rajavi. Her name and her message of freedom makes the regime shake to their very core. This is because of her Ten Point Plan, a democratic platform to encompass the aspirations of the Iranian people.
It provides a democratic alternative for future Iranian generations and it gives the women of Iran their rights and an opportunity to lead their country and to be part of the shaping of its future. This is what we aim for.
A lesson of history is that a regime that has repression and terrorism as part of its DNA is destined to fall. This means that a free and democratic Iran is within reach for the people of Iran as Maryam Rajavi has repeatedly said in her speeches and in her statements.
That is why I stand with you all, the people of Iran, the NCRI. And I call on my government in this country, the United Kingdom Government, to stand on the right side of history and recognize Maryam Rajavi as the true representative of the Iranian people and her movement, the NCRI, as the only viable alternative to the current regime for the people of Iran can be given a chance to choose their future leaders in a free and fair election in an open and democratic society.
My friends it has been a pleasure to speak to you today and I send you my warmest greetings.
I thank you for listening. Iran will be free.