The Iranian people, led by women, are standing up in the face of brutal repression to challenge mandatory hijab laws and demand their most basic rights. Already, dozens have been killed as a result of the government’s brutal repression, which includes an internet shutdown as the government seeks to silence their voices.
As your constituent, I urge you to take steps to ensure that US policies support the Iranian peoples’ cause. This should include:
1. Passing the bipartisan joint resolution (H.Con.Res. 110/S.Con.Res. 47) from Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) condemning the killing of Mahsa (Jhina) Amini and the Iranian government’s brutal crackdown while commending the bravery of the Iranian people. It urges targeted sanctions on human rights violators in the Iranian government while encouraging additional steps to support internet freedom in Iran.
2. Passing legislation mandating reporting from the administration on the Iranian government’s online repression and steps that the U.S. can take to enable the Iranian people to communicate freely online. This provision was already included in Sec. 1266 of the FY23 House-passed NDAA (H.R. 7900), which was a bipartisan provision supported by the National Iranian American Council and other groups.
3. Urge the administration to support a formal UN Human Rights Council condemnation of the Iranian government’s repression of protests in coordination with other countries across the globe. The UN plays a major role in tracking violations of human rights around the globe, including via the UN Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It can and must be vocal in condemning and pressuring the Iranian government over its human rights violations.
Many Members of Congress have also spoken up in support of protesters demanding their rights, and I encourage you to do the same in condemning and showing solidarity with the brave people of Iran.
▶ First sent on October 18, 2022 by Jess Craven