Resolution honoring Iranian protesters passes House with GOP no vote

Resolution honoring Iranian protesters passes House with GOP no vote

Resolution honoring Iranian protesters passes House with GOP no vote

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a resolution praising the protesters in Iran, with only one lawmaker — Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — voting no.

The concurrent resolution, which was approved 420-1, applauds 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 violations by the Iranian regime”.

The text of the measure refers to the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in custody in September after morality police arrested her on allegations that she violated Iranian laws requiring women to wear a headscarf or hijab.

He was detained for “improper clothing” on September 13, then died on September 16 after falling into a coma. A medical examiner’s report said he died of multiple organ failure, according to NBC News. Her family said witnesses say she was beaten by police officers.

After her death, protests broke out in Iran.

The resolution also lists cases of “persecution of women” by the Iranian regime “through misogynistic criminal statutes.”

It says Congress condemns “the brutal beating and death of Mahsa Amini” and “the violent repression by the Iranian regime of 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 who participate in protests and “risk their safety to speak out against the human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime.”

In addition, it “encourages the Biden administration’s continued efforts to respond to the protests,” including sanctions against Iran’s morality police.

The Hill reached out to Massie for comment on his vote. The Kentucky Republican has on several occasions departed from his party on foreign policy measures.

In 2018, he was one of two lawmakers who voted against a resolution supporting the rights of Iranians to express themselves freely and condemning the regime for cracking down on legal protests.

House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the passage of the resolution.

“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. We must stand with the brave people of Iran as they fight back against the oppressive Iranian regime and its human rights abuses,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.), who co-sponsored the resolution, wrote in a statement. “With this bipartisan resolution passing the House today, we are making it clear that we stand with these brave individuals who are committed to freedom and human rights, both in Iran and around the world.”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the measure reaffirms US support for the Iranian protesters.

“I am proud that our bipartisan resolution passed again today with an overwhelming majority. This resolution strongly reaffirms the American people’s support for the brave Iranian people who are speaking out against the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses,” he wrote in a statement.

“As the regime continues to escalate its brutal repression, we must continue to do everything 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 no sanctions relief for the regime and full enforcement of all existing sanctions,” he added.

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