Saturday Apr 27, 201305:08 PM GMT
Iran MP urges action on UK violence
Firefighters extinguish a fire at a recycling depot in Tottenham Hale, London, the United Kingdom, Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
Firefighters extinguish a fire at a recycling depot in Tottenham Hale, London, the United Kingdom, Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the recent crackdowns on Britons in the United Kingdom are against human rights, urging the United Nations and international rights bodies to adopt preventive measures against the oppression in the UK.


The British police adopted a “racist” approach toward the protesters, an issue which can be prosecuted, Chairwoman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on Human Rights Zohreh Elahian told IRNA on Tuesday.

She added that the widespread arrests and violent acts against protesters in the UK proceed with the support of the country's policymakers and the “silence” of the United Nations and human rights bodies on the ongoing events.

She also noted that the Majlis Human Rights Committee will write to the UN and international bodies on the rights violation in Britain.

Meanwhile, member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Javad Karimi Qoddousi pointed to the popular protests in certain European countries and said the European Union (EU) is faced with a “serious crisis.”

He added that European countries established the EU to prevent crises, but it failed to tackle the problems of the people.

“We will witness the collapse of the EU soon,” the legislator said.

He stated that European people are seriously concerned about their living conditions and believe their problems are rooted in the performance of the officials of their countries.

The unrest in the UK began on August 6 in the north London suburb of Tottenham, after a few hundred people gathered outside a police station to protest against the fatal shooting and killing of a Black man, Mark Duggan.

However, violent protests erupted in major cities like Birmingham, Liverpool, and Bristol in Britain's worst rioting since the 1980s. Protest outbreaks were also reported in Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, and Oxford.

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.

British Police said they have arrested more than 560 people as the unrest entered a fourth night.

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