An Iranian Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy subcommittee has urged the UK to immediately stop violent treatment of people protesting the killing of a black man.
The Human Rights Subcommittee condemned the killing of Mark Duggan by British police in London, Fars news agency reported Tuesday. Mohammad Karim Abedi, the vice-chairman of the sub-committee, said that the Majlis, as the representative of the Iranian nation, supports the rights of the British people and urged London to order the police to stop treating protesters violently. The spokesman of the subcommittee Hossein Naqavi also condemned what he called the UK's “double standards” towards human rights. He recommended London to stop the use of violence against protesters and respect people's rights. 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.