Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), condemning the Iranian regime’s persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.  Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan legislation:

“The regime’s deplorable actions against the Iranian people are well documented, including executions without trials, acid attacks against women, and the brutal suppression of journalists.  Yes, we’ve seen just how ‘moderate’ the regime can be.

“Among those suffering under the regime’s violent and repressive tactics are the Baha’i – the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran.  Victims of severe religious freedom violations, the Baha’i have been ostracized by the Ayatollah and all Iranians are urged to avoid them.

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in supporting legislation that condemns these appalling human rights abuses.  Today, we send a strong message of support to all Iranians who yearn for freedom and democracy.”