MEK: House Resolution on Iran Highlights the West’s Commitment to Human Rights
The House of Representatives is calling for more assertive policies toward the Iranian regime. H. Res. 118 was presented on Tuesday to a news conference, with a bipartisan list of 225 co-sponsors. The broad political agreement highlights the importance of the matter in a time of unprecedented polarization.
The new policy
The supporters of a stronger Iran police will view this bipartisanship as an asset in relation to the new policy. H. Res. 118. Examines two previous resolutions. H. Res. 4744 of the 115th Congress, implored the US to formally “condemn Iranian human rights abuses against dissidents, including the massacre in 1988 and the suppression of political demonstrations in 1999, 2009, and 2017.” The new resolution illustrates the expectation of accountability for the 2017/2018 protests. It also adds that similar action is needed on the more severe suppression of dissent during November 2019.
The two uprisings
The two uprisings demonstrated an explicit call for a regime change. The November 2019 uprising was almost double the size of its predecessor, spanning around 200 cities. The regime responded to this by authorities opening fire on peaceful protesters. The death toll amounts to around 15000. This figure was confirmed by Reuters and later in 2020 Amnesty International reported the months of torture that participants were also subjected to.
The 1988 massacre
The Western world turned a blind eye to the 1988 massacre, one of the late 20th century’s worst crimes against humanity. In the summer of 88’ the regime established “death commissions” to enforce a fatwa from Khomeini declaring opponents of the regime, opposed God himself, and were thus, deserving of death. Anyone who could not prove their fealty to the supreme leader was hanged. It is estimated that around 30,000 Iranians were killed.
The legacy of the death commissions exists in Tehran’s supposed immunity to human rights. That impunity has expanded to include situations both internal and external to Iran. H. Res 188 alludes to this situation by devoting an excerpt of the text to domestic human rights, and another portion to the recent and ongoing threats of terrorism from the regime or its proxies.
Terrorist plot after the uprising
Months after the first recent uprising in June of 2018, several European law enforcement agencies uncovered a significant example of this. Their joint operation disarmed a terrorist plot involving a high-ranking Iranian diplomat that transported explosives into Europe on a commercial flight, handed them to a pair of operatives which were meant to infiltrate the annual gathering of expatriate activists and political supports, organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The attack primarily sought to target NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi along with other high-profile officials and dignitaries.
This was the second attempt on Madam Rajai’s life in 2018. This attests to the threat posed by the coalition and its lead constituent group, the Peoples Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), but also, the confidence the regime has in its ability to attack dissidents on western soil and get away with it.
The prosecution of the terrorist-diplomat
This impunity was finally challenged when the prosecution of the terrorist-diplomat Assadollah Assadi and his co-conspirators began last November in Belgium. The four were convicted in February from terms from 15-20 years. Critics of western policy towards Iran remain emphatic that accountability cannot end there.
The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal
The resolution sends the message to western policymakers that it should not fixate on attempting to salvage the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. As important as it is, it cannot overshadow other matters that threaten lives in Iran and the Western world.
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