Making the Case for the UK to Proscribe Iran's IRGC

(Tony Blair Institute for Global Change) Kasra Aarabi - On 12 January 2023, the House of Commons voted unanimously in favor of having the UK government proscribe Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a violent, Islamist-extremist organization that operates no differently to proscribed groups in the UK, including the Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda and Hizbullah. This is apparent from its formal program of indoctrination designed to radicalize members to adopt its hardline Islamist-extremist ideology as well as its use of terrorism, militancy, hostage-taking and hijacking. For more than 43 years, the IRGC has been responsible for plotting global terrorist attacks, hostage-taking and other offenses on foreign soil - including in Europe and the UK - as well as human-rights violations in Iran. Since 2015, there has been a surge in IRGC activity in the UK, Europe and the U.S. IRGC-related propaganda efforts to nurture homegrown extremism on UK soil are also escalating.

2023-01-19 00:00:00

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