List of Participants and their Background
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP, Chair of the press conference
Baroness Nicholson on a trip to Iran
The Baroness has for more than twelve years cooperated with Iranian authorities andreceived direct and indirect funding and support from the Iranian government for herefforts to supposedly provide humanitarian aide to refugees from Iraq who fled toIran during the Iran-Iraq war. However, it seems that the refugees mostly formedIranian funded groups such as Hakim’s force, who took refuge in Iran and weretrained and funded by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iranian regime’sextra-territorial Qods Force, believed responsible for coordinating parts of theinsurgency in Iraq today. There is a serious conflict of interest, therefore, in herclaims against Iranian opposition forces who seek to change the regime in Iran.
As an MEP she has actively lobbied for Iranian interests with European governmentsand political parties. The Baroness played an instrumental role in brokering theinclusion of the PMOI in the EU terror list as part of a bargain with Tehran. In ameeting in Brussels on 19 March 2002, held on the initiative of the clerical regimeand attended by then Tehran’s deputy foreign minister, Emma Nicholson said thatshe would ask the EU to declare the PMOI as a terrorist group.
Baroness Emma Nicholson was quoted in Tehran on 13 February 2003, on one of hernumerous trips to Iran, as saying:
“Here, our debates on Iraq have been attended by known members of the MKO recently… The MKO have thousands of members inside Iraq and thousands outside… These people are a threat to world security. Their organization strikes silently and with lethal impact. This is Saddam's private, international terrorist army, working against us all… For the sakeof our citizens' and for global safety I urge far greater security attention is paid to the MKO. War or no war, the criminals who make up the MKO killand destroy the innocent.”
The Baroness has never criticised the Iranian government for its many abuses of human rights; nor for its support of terrorism throughout the Middle East andbeyond; nor for its illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons in secret for 18 years; nor for itssuppression of the Iranian people (ethnic, religious and dissident political groups);nor for its hateful words of threats to other UN member states recently.
Baroness Nicholson is a famed apologist of the Iranian regime, and a self-proclaimed“good friend” of some top officials in the Iranian government. In a debate in theHouse of Lords on 22 June 1999 she defended Iran’s leaders against charges of violating the human rights of women, a fact attested to by 51 UN condemnations of Iran’s human rights violations:
“Women in Islam have traditionally and historically had more rights thanwomen in Christianity. I refer particularly to the rights of widows in Islam.