The U.S. Congress Sponsors Resolution to Hold Iranian Regime Accountable for Terrorism and Human Rights Abuses
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that a resolution was recently signed by more than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, to Hold Iranian Regime Accountable for Terrorism and Human Rights Abuses. The resolution has called for the new U.S. administration to hold the regime of Iran accountable for the following:
- it’s terrorist and spying activities,
- the human rights abuses of the mullahs’ regime,
- the struggle by the Iranian people to establish freedom in their country.
Expressing support for the Iranian people
Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), introduced H.Res.118, which was entitled “Expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran and condemning violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government.”
The document describes the Iranian regime’s most recent human rights violations including:
- the well-known bloody crackdown at the November 2019 protests,
- the execution of national wrestling champion Navid Afkari,
- the torture of protesters and political prisoners,
- the censorship of media and arrest of journalists,
- the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities.
The resolution did not forget to mention the human rights violations in 1988 when thousands of Iranian political prisoners were executed. Some United Nations experts have described this act as a crime against humanity that should be investigated by the international community.
The resolution goes on to say that the Iranian people have been consistently denied basic freedom and they have not only rejected the earlier monarchy dictatorship but the current regime too.
Iranian terrorist activities
There is also a mention of one important terrorist activities undertaken by the regime outside Iran and that was the one led by an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, who was apprehended by European authorities when he and his accomplices attempted to bomb an important Iranian Resistance, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) rally in France in 2018, which could have killed many well-known participants.
The resolution mentions that there could be a wider terrorist network operated by Iranians on European soil.
A similar plot was also mentioned when the Iranian embassy in Albania targeted members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). Four Iranian diplomats were subsequently expelled from the country.
Iranian spying activities
The resolution unreservedly mentions that Iranian spying activities could be taking place in the U.S., including two Iranian regime agents involved in “covert surveillance in the United States against officials of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.”
The two individuals were arrested in 2018 and are facing charges of “apprehension, recruitment, cyber exploitation, or capture/kill operations.
The resolution condemned any of the regime’s terrorist activities against U.S. citizens and Iranian dissidents and up to this date includes 112 co-sponsors from both Democratic and Republican parties.
It is calling on the U.S. government to “work with European allies, including those in the Balkans, where Iran has expanded its presence, to hold Iran accountable for breaching diplomatic privileges, and to call on nations to prevent the malign activities of the Iranian regime’s diplomatic missions, with the goal of closing them down, including the Iranian Embassy in Albania.”
Iranian people’s desire for freedom
A letter was written to U.S. President Joe Biden, Congressmen Tom McClintock and Brad Sherman (D-CA) which wrote, “For the sake of national security, peace, regional stability, and the Iranian people’s desire for freedom, the United States must remain firm in holding the Iranian government accountable both for its nuclear and other destabilizing activities in the region, such as its support for terrorism, development of ballistic missiles, and human rights violations against its own people.”