{mosimage}Global Politician, By Baroness May Blood: On January 31, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution expressing its "deep concern over the deterioration of the human rights situation in Iran." The EP strongly condemned the death sentences and executions in Iran, in particular those imposed and/or carried out on minors.

{mosimage}United Press International, By Brian Binley MP: The issue of Iran and the threat that it poses has been argued in public by two major groups. On the one hand we have had the anti-war lobby, with the neo-cons embracing the other extreme. These arguments have gone back and forth over whether Iran has a nuclear capability, whether it is carrying out terrorist actions and whether the human-rights abuses carried out in Iran should be of concern to us in the West.

{mosimage}Human Events, by Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington: The assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto is a stark reminder of the ominous threat posed to free peoples by Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, and the challenges we all face as a result. And yet in a country next door to Pakistan our Government is giving support to a vicious regime, fundamentalist in character and practicing the same sort of terrorism.

{mosimage}United Press International, By Lord Dholakia: On Jan. 24, the Iranian regime's Interior Ministry announced that more than 2,000 so-called reformists had been disqualified from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections, effectively ensuring that allies of the regime's ultra-conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would retain and perhaps strengthen their hold on the 290-seat Parliament come March 14.