U.S. Congress Denounces Iran’s Terrorism and Abuse of Human Rights
A resolution has just been signed by 220 Members of the U.S. Congress slamming Tehran’s acts of terrorism and supporting the Iranians’ right to both freedom and democracy. It also emphasized its support for Iranians to live in a “democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran.”
It was the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) which put on the video conferencing event where some lawmakers gave speeches. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who is the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), used a video message to address the conference and stated that this is now the time to put into action the will of the Iranian people. That means installing a society based on freedom and equality which is free of terrorism.
The majority of the members of the United State House of Representatives backed on Wednesday, June 17, a resolution in support of the Iranian Resistance and condemning the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime.#FreeIranhttps://t.co/cwFnXuA7tI
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 18, 2020
Acts of terrorism condemned in a resolution
What the U.S. lawmakers emphasized in the resolution was condemning acts of terrorism committed by the Iranian regime, including a terror plot orchestrated against the Free Iran 2018 rally of the Iranian resistance in France which failed. It was allegedly coordinated by a senior regime diplomat who had a base in Vienna. This rally was attended by Mrs. Rajavi and well-known politicians from the U.S., such as Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, a former House Speaker.
The resolution mentioned that Assadollah Assadi, a senior Iranian diplomat who was based at Vienna’s Iranian embassy in Austria, was taken into custody in Germany due to his link to the planned terror plot in Paris. So far, he is facing charges in Belgium in connection with the Paris incident and Germany with an activity he had been involved in as a foreign agent, including conspiracy to murder. Assadi and his supporters were arrested the night before the rally on July 1st.
There were also other acts of terrorism and espionage mentioned in the resolution which were committed by the Iranian regime. This includes the surveillance of members of the NCRI members in the U.S., conducted by Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). There were two arrests made related to these allegations. Other incidents mentioned included bombing plots organized against members of the Iranian opposition People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Albania. This led to several confrontations between Tehran and Tirana which in the end led to the Iranian regime’s ambassador being expelled from Albania.
The resolution suggested that such activities taking place in Albania could be a security threat to U.S. interests in the region. The resolution also drew attention to the violation of human rights taking place in Iran, including the murder in 1988 of 30,000 political prisoners and the ruthless suppression of demonstrations that took place in 1999, 2009, and 2017.
Maryam Rajavi: The People of #Iran Are More Determined Than Ever to Continue the Struggle for Freedom
Message to a virtual conference announcing the support of the majority of U.S. Congress for Resolution 374 to stand with Iran’s People and Resistancehttps://t.co/jNZYPoQZqq
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 18, 2020
The resolution didn’t just dwell on terrorist activities, but it also wants the U.S. government to make Iran accountable for violating its diplomatic privileges and is demanding that Iranian embassies such as the one in Albania should be shut down. It also gave its full support to peaceful protests that were leveled against the regime’s corrupt and oppressive tactics and the struggle it pursues a secular, democratic, free, non-nuclear Iran.
Mrs. Rajavi commented that the resolution, which was co-sponsored by a bipartisan majority of Congress, mirrors the U.S. support for the quest for a free Iran demanded by its people. She emphasized the importance of installing people’s free vote, the separation of religion and state, promoting gender equality, respecting the rights of all ethnic groups, and a nuclear-free Iran. She said that now the Iranian people have been given the support they need it is time to conquer the corrupt and repressive regime.
FOX NEWS: Majority of House members back resolution supporting #Iran|ian opposition, condemning regime's terror@A_Jafarzadeh: It was comforting to see that this resolution by a House Majority has also addressed the terror plot in the US against our mvmnt.https://t.co/FVwFMyHGOP
— NCRI-U.S. Rep Office (@NCRIUS) June 17, 2020
Comments made by supporting congresspeople
- Brad Sherman (D-CA) said he is now looking for a new chapter for Iranian history as the U.S. stands up for the Iranian people. He also said he supports keeping the UN arms embargo against the mullahs’ regime.
- Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) after saying that the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been told about the resolution and as the NCRI gains more support it is going to become the key target of the regime’s terrorist activities.
- Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) says he hopes there will be ongoing support for the Iranian people and is in favor of the strongest possible sanctions aimed at Iran’s regime and its proxies throughout the world.
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