MEK Iran: Bipartisan House Resolution With 225 Co-Sponsors
The Iranian American Communities-OIAC held a press conference to announce a bipartisan resolution on Iranian affairs that has been introduced to the House of Representatives with 225 co-sponsors representing both political parties.
Support for the Iranian people
Resolution 118 expresses: “Support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran” and condemns “violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian Government.”
The resolution refers to two nationwide uprisings that have had a major impact on Iran’s domestic affairs over the past three years.
The first of these erupted in the final days of 2017 and continued in January 2018, featuring provocative anti-government slogans including “down with the dictator” and referring to the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and president, Hassan Rohani respectively.
The January 2018 uprising, was endorsed on a substantially larger scale in November 2019 – The second nationwide uprising referenced in the House resolution. Whereas the first uprising encompassed more than 100 cities and towns, the second was reported to involve nearly 200 cities and towns.
As the resolution notes, roughly 1,500 Iranians are estimated to have been killed in a matter of only days in November 2019. The NCRI itself was the first to provide this estimate, which was later corroborated by Reuters, on the basis of anonymous sources inside Iran’s Interior Ministry.
In September 2020, Amnesty International published a report detailing the torture that was still being meted out at that time to participants in the 2019 uprising.
The “ten-point plan” authored by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi
Resolution 118 refers to the “ten-point plan” authored by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), which describes that plan as calling for “the universal right to vote, free elections, and a market economy,” as well as advocating “gender, religious, and ethnic equality, a foreign policy based on peaceful coexistence, and a non-nuclear Iran.”
The resolution also condemned abuses of dissidents and activists and focused particular attention on the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
The verdict of a Belgian court
The resolution, highlighting the importance of a European counter-terrorism operation in 2018 that led to arrest and conviction in a Belgian court for four Iranian operatives, including a high-ranking diplomat who had been stationed at the Iranian embassy in Vienna.
The resolution notes that the United States has not been immune to these plots, as evidenced by the fact that two Iranian nationals were arrested there in 2018 for conducting surveillance with the intent of staging attacks on opposition activists.
The resolution declaring that the US House of Representatives “stands with the people of Iran who are continuing to hold legitimate and peaceful protests against an oppressive and corrupt regime; and recognizes the rights of the Iranian people and their struggle to establish a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear Republic of Iran.”