Mike Hancock, former Member of Parliament from UK:
Madam Rajavi, it's a pleasure to be here and a privilege and to say to you and to your colleagues who have fought for 39 years to give the people of Iran the justice and the voice that they deserve. At long last, nobody can hide behind the suggestion that nobody in Iran supports you and your organization. It's clear that many people now are awake and alive to the idea that there's a very strong voice for the people of Iran, that we can be heard right around Europe and for that matter around the world.
When I was looking at the video, I tried to look back at the number of times that I'd been attacked, or my life to be put in danger, the worst I could come up with was when I had 2 eggs thrown at me some 30 odd years ago, in an election campaign. But when you look at those people there, every one of those hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets in various places in Iran, every one of them was putting their life on the line at any moment. And that's a real story to be hold.
It speaks for itself when that many people were prepared to risk their liberty, their health and well-being, their families’ well-being as well, because they felt so desperately frustrated that they live in a country with the things that we take for granted: freedom, the rule of law and democracy is not available to them. The regime plays a charade that we're speaking for the majority, that hope seems misled, and the suggestion that they can get away with that forever. They've got away with it for 39 years, but their time is running out.
Some of our colleagues who have spoken today come from countries where the time ran out for their regimes, in Romania in 1989 when the revolution was going on, over the Christmas and New Year of 1989. I saw first-hand the struggle of the people of Romania and the fact that they were able to overcome that regime. Some might add that in many other countries the struggle wasn't so hard, but nevertheless they had struggled with it for 50 years.
During the 30 odd years that I was in the British parliament, I had meetings with four foreign ministers from all political parties, from the 3 major political parties. Every one of them ended the meeting by saying, “Mike, we have great sympathy for what you're saying. “I said, “But what is the use of sympathy? You've heard the case, you know, why can’t you do something about it? Why won’t you want to speak up for the very people you claim and the very rights that you claim should be universally accepted for everyone? And I'd just can’t get a grip with the words that politicians say: “We are sympathetic to you, but”. Silence is golden for a lot of our governments, I’m afraid.
They believe, they listen but they don't hear what's being said. It isn't bliss and we as politicians should never allow that to be an excuse for people to be able to turn their backs on legitimate claims for people to fight for what we all take as automatic rights, Why is it that United Kingdom, France, and the United States who failed miserably, betrayed the people of Iran during the previous uprising some 10 years ago, they should and could have done more, we have to make sure that politicians cannot use this excuse, or this old thing about we're very sympathetic but unfortunately we've got other interests which are far more important than the rights of the people of Iran. So let them go on being so suppressed, let them go on being tortured and killed, but we've got other issues and sorry we haven't got time for this one. It’s our job to make sure that our governments, our politicians find time.