On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution congratulating protesters in Iran, with only one lawmaker — Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — voting “no.”
The concurrent resolution, which was passed 420-1, salutes the “bravery, courage and determination of the women and men of Iran who are protesting in more than 13 cities and risking their safety to speak out against human rights abuses.” man by the Iranian regime”.
The text of the measure mentions the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody in September after morality police arrested her on allegations that she had violated Iranian laws which oblige women to wear headscarves or hijabs.
She was arrested for “inappropriate dress” on September 13, then died on September 16 after falling into a coma. A coroner’s report said she died of multiple organ failure, according to NBC News. Her family said witnesses said she was beaten by police officers.
Protests erupted in Iran after his death.
The resolution also lists cases of “persecution of women” by the Iranian regime “through misogynistic criminal laws”.
It says Congress condemns “the brutal beating and death of Mahsa Amini” and “the Iranian regime’s violent crackdown on the women and men participating in the current protests, including children, and calls for transparent accountability for all killings of protesters by Iranian security forces.”
The resolution also expresses support for those participating in protests and “risking their safety to speak out against human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime.”
Additionally, he “encourages the Biden administration’s continued efforts to respond to the protests,” including sanctions against Iran’s morality police.
A spokesperson for Massie told The Hill that the congressman opposed the resolution “because it encourages the immediate imposition of sanctions.”
“Sanctions generally do no harm to the repressive governments they purport to target. Instead, the burden falls disproportionately on innocent people who are already suffering under these repressive regimes,” the spokesperson added.
The resolution encourages the Biden administration “to immediately impose, within existing authorities, additional human rights sanctions on officials and entities responsible for suppressing the current protests.”
House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hailed the resolution’s passage.
“Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. We must stand with the brave people of Iran as they fight against the oppressive Iranian regime and its human rights abuses,” wrote Rep. Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.), who co-led the resolution. , in a press release. “With this bipartisan resolution passed in the House today, we make it clear that we stand with these courageous people committed to freedom and human rights, both in Iran and around the world.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the measure affirms U.S. support for Iranian protesters.
“I am proud that our bipartisan resolution was once again overwhelmingly passed in the House today. This resolution is a powerful reaffirmation of the support of the American people for the courageous people of Iran who speak out against the human rights abuses by the Iranian regime,” he wrote in a statement.
“As the regime continues to escalate its violent repression, we must continue to do all we can to support the Iranian people’s right to self-determination and ensure that the regime is held accountable for its crimes. This means there will be no sanctions relief for the regime and all of our existing sanctions will be fully applied,” he added.
— Updated at 9:22 p.m.
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