Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Gregory W. Meeks, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, David Cicilline, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism, and 16 members of the Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement recognizing two months since protests in Iran began:
“We unequivocally stand with the brave women and men in Iran fighting for their freedoms and basic human rights. It has been two months since protests erupted following Mahsa Amini’s death at the hands of Iran’s “Morality Police.” Since then, the Iranian regime has continued to act with impunity – violently cracking down on its own citizens, holding sham trials, and now issuing a death sentence to a protestor. The brutality of the Iranian regime is unacceptable and cannot be ignored.
“We applaud the Biden Administration for continuing to hold Iran accountable, including through sanctioning key Iranian government officials responsible for the violent crackdown on peaceful protestors while still providing for increased internet access across Iran.
“We are committed to continuing to work alongside the Administration, as well as our partners and allies around the world, to maintain pressure on the regime and to demand justice and accountability for the brave Iranians who already lost their lives at the hands of state authorities and for those who, despite the brutalities and danger, continue to protest every day. We stand with you.”
Cosigners of this statement include Representatives Brad Sherman, Gerry Connolly, William Keating, Ami Bera, Joaquin Castro, Dina Titus, Ted Lieu, Susan Wild, Ilhan Omar, Tom Malinowski, Andy Kim, Sara Jacobs, Kathy Manning, Jim Costa, Juan Vargas, and Brad Schneider.