Poll: Do you agree with this motion?
As many are of the opinion, Aye (12)
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On the contrary, No (17)
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Abstain (15)
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VM497 – Iran Sanctions Motion 2018, g131999, TSR Libertarian Party
This House believes that the government should impose sanctions against Iran – to the same degree as the US has – as a result of its human rights abuses, funding of terrorism internationally and its nuclear ambitions.

In 1979, the Iranian revolution occurred in which the monarchy led by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was overthrown by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard under the influence of Ayatollah Khomeini and replaced with an Islamic Republic [1]. Since then, Iran has become the largest state sponsor of terror in the world and is well-known for its flagrant human rights abuses. Iran also poses a serious threat to the Western World due to its ambition to become a nuclear state.

On the 4th of November 1979, fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days by Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line (with the Iranian government’s backing) [2]. This was a flagrant violation of international law [3]. As a result, the United States imposed sanctions against Iran [4].

On the 22nd of September 1980, Iraq launched a war against Iran in order to attempt to annex the oil-rich Khuzestan Province [5]. Iran used children as young as 12, frankly, as cannon fodders and as a means to clear minefields (with no regards to the childrens’ lives). It is thought that as many as 100,000 children were killed as a result [6]. Iran also used child soldiers to suppress protestors in 2011 [7]. This blatant disregard for the lives of children ought to be condemned. Iran is renowned as being the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world [8] and has launched a series of proxy wars in order to destabilise the region. Iran funds terror groups internationally, such as Hezbollah [9,10], Iraqi Shiite militias in Iraq [10], Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) [10], the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), Hamas [10,11] and Houthis [12]. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (considered to be a terrorist organisation[13]) are known to provide training to terrorist organisations [14] in order to destabilise the region in an attempt to overthrow governments in certain countries and replace them with a government similar to Iran.

Examples of terror attacks by Iranian-backed terror organisations include the 1983 US embassy bombing (killing 63 and injuring 120 [15]), the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings (killing 305 and injuring 75 [16]), the AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre in Argentina (killing 85 and injuring 300 [17]), The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing (killing 21, injuring 60 [18]), the Avivim school bus bombing (killing 12; 9 of which were children, injuring 25 [19]), the Park Hotel Passover bombing (killing 30, injuring 140 [20]), the indiscriminate firing of rockets and mortar at civilians [21] etc.

Recently, Iran has been attempting to acquire nuclear weapons [22]. This poses a clear threat to the Western World. Iran has repeatedly threatened to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ [23] and as above, is known to fund terrorism internationally. Such a rogue state should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons and as many obstacles to this as possible should be put in place. Iran has enriched uranium up to 19.8% [24]; 0.2% away from weapons grade uranium.

Iran is well-known for its human rights abuses. LGB people who engage in sexual activity with people of the same gender – especially MSM – can be punished by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or execution [25] (including hanging people from construction cranes). In order to avoid being penalised, some Iranian homosexuals have been pressured to undergo sexual reassignment surgeries [26]. This is a flagrant violation of basic human rights and ought to be condemned internationally. In addition to their mistreatment of LGB people, women are also denied basic rights. If a woman has extramarital sex, it is punishable by stoning or slashing [27]. Women are forced to wear the hijab and can be penalised for not doing so [28]. Women are often refused entry to sporting events and are not allowed to ride bicycles [29].

The information above is only the tip of the iceberg, this needs to be condemned internationally and straight sanctions ought to be imposed and diplomatic ties should be cut with the Islamic Republic of Iran. This should continue until Iran abides by international law, stops funding terror organisations, abandons its nuclear ambitions and allows its citizens full human rights.



[1] https://www.britannica.com/event/Ira...n-of-1978-1979

[2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/d...00/3910627.stm

[3] http://legal.un.org/ilc/texts/instru...s/9_1_1961.pdf, Article 31

[4] http://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/us-sanctions

[5] https://www.history.co.uk/this-day-i.../iran-iraq-war

[6] http://allthatsinteresting.com/irani...-iran-iraq-war

[7] https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ehran-protests

[8] https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/rpt/280402.htm

[9] https://english.alarabiya.net/en/201...from-Iran.html

[10] https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2016/272235.htm, Iran

[11] https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-a...-hamas-report/

[12] http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/10/08/...ds-into-yemen/

[13] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/7064353.stm

[14] https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/2014/239410.htm, Iran

[15] https://www.britannica.com/event/198...mbassy-bombing

[16] http://crimescenedb.com/the-1983-bei...acks-bombings/

[17] https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.pre...s-on-1.5255981

[18] http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/20...20-%204-O.aspx

[19] https://worldhistoryproject.org/1970...l-bus-massacre

[20] https://www.osenlaw.com/content/park...ombing-netanya

[21] https://www.idf.il/en/minisites/fact...military-wing/

[22] http://graphics8.nytimes.com/package...03_release.pdf

[23] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9zcElqetqk

[24] https://web.archive.org/web/20111203...gov2010-10.pdf

[25] http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Doc...gov2010-10.pdf

[26] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29832690

[27] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/4295111.stm

[28] https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...ws-and-customs

[29] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights_in_Iran#Sports €
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Abstain.

I consider Iran to be an utterly awful nation and part of the Russian sphere however for now there is little evidence that they have breached the nuclear deal (the US imposed them again because of historical breaches) and as such i would support any agreement which mandates their withdrawl from OPEC and increasing their oil output.

For now, we still need the Middle East nations. We cannot let emotion blind us.
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(Original post by Rakas21)
Abstain.

I consider Iran to be an utterly awful nation and part of the Russian sphere however for now there is little evidence that they have breached the nuclear deal (the US imposed them again because of historical breaches) and as such i would support any agreement which mandates their withdrawl from OPEC and increasing their oil output.

For now, we still need the Middle East nations. We cannot let emotion blind us.
Little evidence... apart from cupboards full of documents and dozens of CDs stolen by the Israeli MOSSAD from a secret research facility.

Vote aye on this to punish the evil Iranian regime for their several crimes against humanity.
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Currently with the transition of Brexit occurring, aggravating tension in the Middle East would escalate the situation.
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Currently with the transition of Brexit occurring, aggravating tension in the Middle East would escalate the situation.
What's the middle East got to do with Brexit? I imagine a nuclear armed Iran would escalate the middle east even further
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Laissez Faire please
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I will be voting No.
Aggravating Middle Eastern tensions is never a good thing.
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Aggravating Middle Eastern tensions is never a good thing.
Again, which agrivates tensions more: returning to how things were a few years ago or a nuclear Iran who has lots of money for their state sponsorship of terrorism?
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Could I change my abstain vote to an Aye?
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Having last night been inspired to do some research, I would now like to follow in Count's footsteps and change my vote to an aye.Jammy Duel Saracen\
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I'm wondering what the Liberals are using to rationalise their sanctions against Russia but not against Iran, despite their nuclear ambitions, violent suppression of protest (which they previously refused to condemn) and their widespread state sponsorship of terrorism, it's almost as if Russia should be sanctioned simply for being Russia, but a country seeking to pose an existential threat to another should be allowed to just get along with doing it; or maybe it's anti-semitism given they wish to dictate to Israel where their capital can and cannot be.
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Just a note that vote changes will generally be actioned after the close of voting when I compile the voting record.
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Saracen's Fez Mr Speaker, will you accept a postal vote on this item from a proxy appointed as soon as you respond to this query? It looks like one of our MPs is having unforeseen issues.
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Saracen's Fez Mr Speaker, will you accept a postal vote on this item from a proxy appointed as soon as you respond to this query? It looks like one of our MPs is having unforeseen issues.
Yes. I will happily admit a proxy to the MP usergroup at my earliest opportunity as well.
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Could I change my abstain vote to an Aye?
One Abstention has been changed to an Aye for seat 13.

(Original post by CatusStarbright)
Having last night been inspired to do some research, I would now like to follow in Count's footsteps and change my vote to an aye.Jammy Duel Saracen\
One Abstention has been changed to an Aye for seat 32.

One No has been removed due to a double vote in seat 45 (Aph for Lumos_).
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The Ayes to the right: 12
The Noes to the left: 17
Abstentions: 15

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Turnout: 88%
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