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Suicide Rate in Iran Continues to Rise

Suicide Rate in Iran Continues to Rise

Suicide Rate in Iran Continues to Rise

Suicide Rate in Iran Continues to Rise

Suicide has become a public health crisis in Iran, as more and more Iranians, especially women and youth, take their own lives. The suicide rate for Iranian women is the highest in the Middle East and is rapidly approaching epidemic levels. Why are Iranians, specifically Iranian women, turning to such desperate measures?

 

State media reported that the rate of suicide attempts by women rose by 66 percent over a five year period and by 71 percent for men. It is likely that the state underreports suicides, so the increase is probably much higher. This dramatic increase in suicide attempts speaks to the current conditions in Iran under an oppressive theocracy. When women are denied the equality they know they are entitled to, they lose hope. Women in Iran are well-aware that they are being oppressed by a tyrannical regime that places no value on their lives or well-being. They have been deprived of a voice to protest this unfairness. It is no wonder that many women feel so powerless that they turn to suicide.

 

Just this month, three women died by suicide in a three day period. On April 4th, a 68-year-old woman in the Kouy-e Naft District of Ahwaz self-immolated. On April 5th, a 24-year-old woman in Kamraniyeh leaped to her death from an apartment complex. Then on April 6th, a college student in the Province of Khuzistan hanged herself.

 

These deaths are part of a systemic pattern of oppression that denies women the power to advocate for their own rights or happiness. Women are limited in their employment and social opportunities, leaving them without a sense of autonomy or any outlet to express their talents or desires. This leads to depression and despair, sometimes culminating in suicide.

 

Stories of daily oppression by women in Iran are shockingly commonplace. Last year, a girl was arrested and beaten on her 14th birthday for the crime of wearing ripped jeans. Two other women in the city of Dezful were arrested for riding a motorcycle. The women “committed an act against revolutionary norms and values by riding a motorcycle,” according to local police. These stories are emblematic of a larger issue in Iran. Women are not allowed basic autonomy of their bodies or actions.

 

Further, the regime’s fondness for executions affects the well-being of every man, woman, and child living in Iran. Since January of 2017, the Iranian regime has executed one of its citizens every eight hours. Under this regime of terror, no one is spared the constant fear of death. The mullahs show no hesitation in executing dissidents and people convicted of minor offenses, going so far as to execute numerous juveniles.

 

As long as the current regime remains in power, suicide will continue to be a part of the reality of daily life in Iran. In addition to misogynistic laws, a culture of oppression permeates every aspect of life in Iran. Income inequality and poverty are widespread issues that rob the people of Iran of hope.

 

Despite the regime’s attempts to suppress the spirit of its people, Iranian citizens have begun to rise up and demand change. Iranians are tired of a system that leads so many to death at their own hands. They are ready for democracy, freedom, and equality.

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Protests Continue to Rage Across Isfahan and Beyond

Protests Continue to Rage Across Isfahan and Beyond

Protests Continue to Rage Across Isfahan and Beyond

Protests Continue to Rage Across Isfahan and Beyond

Last week’s protests continue to rage in Isfahan province. Protestors from all walks of life took to the streets and demonstrated from Khorasgan Square, Jay Street and Ahmadabad Square in Isfahan.

The protestors gathered in overwhelming numbers, women vented their frustrations with the crowd, the nation’s youth protested for a brighter future, and farmers took up their shovels and chanted with their fellow compatriots.

The noise was rousing. Chants of “Rouhani the liar” and “shameless authorities, they are thirsty for the blood of the nation,” rang out across the province in a chorus of defiance against the repressive Iranian regime.

What ignited the protests?

Hundreds of farmers have complained about the lack of water available. Their livelihoods are under threat as drought racks the Iranian agricultural sector. What water is available, is denied to the farmers. The corruption and mismanagement of water resources from the Iranian regime have exacerbated the problem and left many rural communities without water for their crops.

Government officials are taking bribes in exchange for diverting water sources to neighboring regions. In Isfahan province, its main river has seen its flow diverted to neighboring Yazd province, leaving the region dry and the citizens unable to grow their crops.

The regime is trying to curb the spread of dissent

As the protests spread and more citizens took to the streets, inspired by the farmer’s courage and relishing the opportunity to vent their frustrations with the Iranian regime, the authorities attempted to block their path to the farmers. They erected barriers and parked cars to stop the magnitude of protestors from swelling.

However, there is little the regime can do to delay the inevitable. The determination of the brave farmers in Isfahan quickly inspired others to mount their own protests. In Tehran, Rasht, Ahvaz, Mashhad, Kerman and Ardebil, members of the cities institutions that have seen their finances looted by the regime joined the civil unrest sweeping across the country.

Maryam Rajavi praised the brave farmers and other citizens that defy the regime

The leader of Iran’s opposition (MEK), Maryam Rajavi, praised the farmers of Isfahan for their perseverance and determination. She also expressed solidarity with the urban population’s dissent.

Maryam Rajavi said, “hail to my fellow Iranians in Tehran, Mashhad, Rasht, Ahwaz, Kerman, Koohdasht, and Pars Abad Moghan, who staged demonstrations in protest against their assets being looted by institutions affiliated with the Iranian regime.”

The only way to bring an end to the Iranian regime’s tyranny is to show Rouhani and the world that the Iranian people stand in opposition to the regime. Maryam Rajavi and all those in opposition must stand together in the face of adversity. Like the farmers in Isfahan province, we must demonstrate that our determination is unwavering, and our perseverance to regime change is limitless.

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32 MEPs Sign Statement Opposing Smear Campaign by Iranian Regime

35 MEPs Sign Statement Opposing Smear Campaign by Iranian Regime

32 MEPs Sign Statement Opposing Smear Campaign by Iranian Regime

35 MEPs Sign Statement Opposing Smear Campaign by Iranian Regime

On Monday, 35 Members of European Parliament (MEP), including the parliament’s Vice-President, submitted a statement to EP President, Antonio Tajani, opposing the April 10th meeting on the floor of Parliament organized by a pro-Iranian regime MEP. The meeting, entitled “Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) Threat in Albania” was organized by Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes and is part of the most recent smear campaign against the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) or Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) by the Iranian ruling regime.

 

The meeting was held as Iran’s regime continues to push back against the PMOI/MEK after a large-scale uprising in Iran in December 2017/January 2018.  The regime placed the blame for the uprising on the PMOI/MEK, which organized the demonstrations. The regime is also still angry about the successful relocation of almost 3,000 PMOI/MEK members from camps in Iraq to Albania in 2016 and has launched a new campaign to spread false and malicious information about the main opposition in an attempt to discredit and demonize the organization.

 

Among the invited guests to the April 10th meeting was Anne Singleton, who was recruited to Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) specifically to vilify the PMOI/MEK. She was previously denied the opportunity to stage similar meetings in European and British parliaments. She also traveled to Iraq several times to spread false information about the PMOI members residing in Iraq at Camps Ashraf and Liberty.

 

The PMOI/MEK refugees have since been relocated to Albania, prompting the Iranian regime to use their proxies to attack their credibility there in a continued attempt to demonize the organization.

 

The MEPs said in their statement, “[W]e were shocked to learn of a meeting to be held on 10 April in the European Parliament titled ‘Mojahedin-E Khalq (MEK) Threat in Albania’ with the attendance of several well-known agents and lobbyists of the regime. The news of this meeting has been publicized in several websites affiliated to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).”

 

Signers of the statement included MEPs from Belgium, France, the U.K., Spain, Austria, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Hungry, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The statement expressed concern that the meeting took place and that Iranian operatives were invited, guests. Further, the signers condemn[ed] the Iranian regime’s misinformation campaign against the Iranian democratic opposition.”

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Anna Gomes, MEP attends Habilian (MOIS) meeting during her recent visit to Tehran (February 2018)

Agents of Iranian Regime Using European Parliament to Threaten Security of Iranian Refugees in Albania

Anna Gomes, MEP attends Habilian (MOIS) meeting during her recent visit to Tehran (February 2018)

Anna Gomes, MEP attends Habilian (MOIS) meeting during her recent visit to Tehran (February 2018)

The Iranian regime’s animosity toward the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is well-established. On April 8, Struan Stevenson, Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CIC), reported that the regime is using the European Parliament as political cover for further action against PMOI/MEK members in Albania.

The Iranian refugees were relocated from Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty in Iraq after an extended campaign by supporters in the U.S. and Europe in an effort to protect the MEK camp residents from continued attacks coordinated by the Iranian regime. Iran’s mullahs were enraged by this action, having waged a longstanding smear campaign against the PMOI/MEK to delegitimize the resistance organization and prevent their safe relocation to Albania.

Now the regime is pushing back against the PMOI/MEK again after a nationwide uprising in Iran in December 2017/January 2018. The Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that on January 2, 2018, President Hassan Rouhani called French President, Emmanuel Macron, and accused the PMOI/MEK, currently based in Paris, of organizing the uprising. In this call, Rouhani asked Macron to take action against the PMOI/MEK and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition. President Macron declined this request. On January 9, 2018, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, officially acknowledged the PMOI’s role in the uprising and implicitly threatened the protesters who were arrested during the demonstrations with execution.

The regime’s appointment of Gholam Hossein Mohammad Nia and Mostafa Roodaki, two senior officials of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), as the ambassador and first secretary of the embassy in Tirana, is a troubling development. Tehran is currently using them, along with the Habilian Center and the Didban Institute, to vilify the MEK. Both of these organizations are flimsy covers for branches of the MOIS in Albania. Albanian citizens have been recruited by these groups to demonize the PMOI through media outlets they have purchased.

More disturbingly, on March 22, 2018, two Iranians were arrested by Albanian police after evidence was uncovered that they were possibly preparing terrorist acts. Ten more people were questioned about their involvement, and the MEK was listed as a potential target of their plot.

The threat to the safety of PMOI/MEK members continues to grow as the Iranian regime repeats its strategy of vilification of the resistance group. Past campaigns have led to multiple deaths and assaults on the PMOI/MEK. Two Iranian dissidents were assassinated in Turkey and the Netherlands in 2017, and new threats against the PMOI/MEK activists were uncovered in 2017 and 2018 by Western security services.

The next stage of the smear campaign against the Iranian opposition is set to occur on April 10, 2018. Ana Gomes, a pro-Iran Portuguese MEP, has scheduled a meeting in European Parliament titled “Mojahedin e-Khalq (MEK) a threat in Albania.” Ms. Gomes’ history of animosity toward the PMOI/MEK dates back to April 2007, when she introduced a series of resolutions to European Parliament which would have endangered the residents of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. Her actions were criticized by members of both the European and British parliaments at the time and ultimately failed.

Ms. Gomes has continued to make false and malicious statements about the PMOI/MEK and to meet with pro-Iranian regime groups.  She has invited Anne Singleton (Khodabandeh), an Iranian agent exposed by a US Pentagon & Library of Congress report in December 2012, to speak at the upcoming meeting in European Parliament. Singleton has a history of working with the Iranian regime to defame the Iranian opposition.

Other invited speakers at the April 10th meeting include Olsi Jazexhi and Migena Balla, a pro-Iranian regime couple from Albania, and Vanna Vannuccini, an Italian journalist currently living in Iran who is a staunch supporter of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The upcoming meeting in European Parliament is great cause for concern. Iranian intelligence was expelled from Europe in a 1997 decision by the European Parliament, and this decision should apply to the listed pro-Iranian theocracy invitees. We call upon the European Parliament to strengthen their implementation of this decision and prevent these agents of the Iranian regime from speaking their false rhetoric in European Parliament.

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Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests intensify in Khuzestan-Iran in defiance of the Iranian regime

Protests in cities across the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Southwest of Iran have intensified. Just months after the country came together in mass anti-regime demonstrations against the Iranian regime, the people of Khuzestan are back in the streets due to severe government mismanagement.

At the beginning of March, there were some small anti-regime protests near Isfahan. Farmers in the region had been affected by drought due to the mismanagement of water by the Iranian regime.

With discontent for the regime among the provincial population rising, the protests soon spread, with protestors from nearby Ahvaz, Kut Abdullah, Abadan, Mashahr, Shoush, Hamidiyeh and Sheyban taking to their streets in anti-government protests.

The regime responded with force and repression

On Thursday the 29th of March, police and anti-riot personnel attacked protestors in Kut Abdullah with tear gas and batons. In Ahvaz, they arrested protestors, including women. In Shoush, four workers from the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Complex were arrested for their involvement in protests.

In fear of the growing protests, the Iranian regime is planning to clamp down on communications platforms available to the Iranians. The regime has plans to close the Telegram, Iran’s popular social media platform, by April 20th. The regime will replace the platform with a similar platform under the control of the regime. The move violates international treaties and is in direct contrast to the values of internet freedom upheld by the United Nations Security Council and the International Telecommunication Union.

The move will severely limit access to free and independent information

Telegram is essential for the Iranian population’s access to information. 80% of the Farsi-language information on the internet is sent via the social media platform. It also provides more than 200,000 jobs and contributes significantly to the Iranian economy.

The closure further demonstrates the lack of interest from the Iranian regime at promoting a strong national economy. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), lamented Rouhani’s destruction of the Iranian economy the day before the protests in Khuzestan erupted. The country’s currency reached record lows against the US dollar in February of this year.

The resistance movement shows solidarity with protestors in Khuzestan

The government crackdowns are becoming more forceful. Individual arrests are limiting Individual freedoms. Now, the collective freedom of the whole of Iran is in jeopardy with the loss of the Telegram as a space to share information.

However, the protests in Khuzestan demonstrate the people’s will to rise up against the repressive regime is growing despite all repressive measures. While the possible Telegram’s shutdown demonstrates a regime scrambling to maintain control against an increasingly frustrated and determined population.

As the appetite for regime change in Khuzestan is increasing, we stand with them and call on the International communities for solidarity to protect Iranian civil freedom and access to information on the internet and to take the human rights dossier of the Iranian regime to the United Nations.

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European Lawmakers Voice Support for Iranian Uprising

European Lawmakers Voice Support for Iranian Uprising

European Lawmakers Voice Support for Iranian Uprising

European Lawmakers Voice Support for Iranian Uprising

197 European lawmakers signed a statement on Monday, March 20th,2018, in support of the Iranian people’s uprising for democratic change. The signatories come from across the political spectrum, with members of all political groups in the European Parliament represented. Several Vice-Presidents of the parliament and Committee and Delegation Chairs were among the signers.

 

The statement comes as a response to the nationwide uprising in Iran, which began on December 28, 2017 and lasted for almost two weeks before being suppressed by the ruling regime. The people of Iran, particularly the nation’s young people, demonstrated in favor of regime change, chanting “Down with the dictator!” “Down with Khamenei!” and “Down with Rouhani!”

 

Thousands of demonstrators calling for a free and democratic Iran and an end to fundamentalist rule were arrested. 14 protesters have since died after being tortured, leading Amnesty International to call for an investigation into the deaths of those in custody.

 

Many of the leaders and officials within the regime have talked about the role MEK, has played in organizing the protests and fomenting dissent against the ruling regime. The AFP reported that on January 2, Rhouhani asked French President Emmanuel Macron to take action against the Iranian opposition, which is based in Paris, accusing them of causing the protests. On January 9, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, said that the MEK has organized the uprising and implicitly threatened to execute the protesters. A judiciary official called for the execution of demonstrators, saying that they are “waging war against God.”

 

The statement released today condemns the use of force against demonstrators and calls on the European Union to create measures to compel the regime to release prisoners who were arrested in the uprising, “uphold freedom of expression and association,” and end the repression of women, particularly the compulsory Hijab. It also calls on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate Iran’s prisons and political prisoners, focusing in particular on those arrested during the recent uprising and those who died in detention.

 

The statement is critical of the European Union for its silence toward human rights violations in Iran and urges the EU to take decisive action. The statement is being released on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

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The Nowruz celebrations represent a new dawn for Iran

The Nowruz celebrations represent a new dawn for Iran

The latest round of protests shows the determination of the Iranian people to secure regime change. With the government in distress, a Nowruz could be on the horizon in Iran’s political sphere.

 

The Nowruz celebrations represent a new dawn for Iran

Maryam Rajavi at Nowruz celebration-March 2018

As the Iranian calendar year draws to a close, citizens honor the occasion with fires and fireworks. But this year is different. The festivities ahead of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, are not just inflammatory in their choice of incendiaries to mark the occasion.

The Iranian government tried to stop the public from celebrating Chaharshanbe Suri, the pre-Islamic tradition of jumping over a fire to symbolize purification and a new beginning. In a move of defiance, the Iranian people used these celebrations of a new beginning, to ignite a fresh round of protests nationwide.

Nowruz translates as “new day”. This is precisely what the Iran opposition wants. Iran’s opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) called on the Iranian population to rise up again in search of freedom.

These protests ahead of Nowruz have been the latest in a long string of uprisings from the Iran opposition movement. Previous protest movements included the general strike of Baneh, the protests from steelworkers in Isfahan, protests from workers in a sugarcane factory in Khuzistan and a farmer’s protest in east Isfahan.

The hope from the opposition (MEK) is that this Nowruz represents a new dawn in Iran. It hopes to build on the momentum of the protests movement and trigger regime change in the coming year.

There are already indications that the coming year could be MEK and the opposition’s most promising yet. According to Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian government faces some stiff challenges in the year ahead. There is an internal fight over Khamenei’s heir and an impending financial crisis. There have also been defections from the government’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGG). Trump in the US has distanced himself from the policy of appeasement pursued by his predecessor, Obama. The US has continued to impose sanctions targeting Iran’s repressive IRGC. Also, the international community seems to be realizing Iran’s destructive role in the region and may be turning against Tehran, as it insists on its Ballistic Missile program. Therefore the government looks to be in trouble.

No threat is greater for the regime than the gathering momentum on the protest movement. The latest protests ahead of Nowruz show the determination in the country to oppose the government’s tyranny. The last round of intense protest took place in December and January. The government responded with a bloody crackdown on dissenters. It arrested more than 8,000. Over 50 protestors died in custody. But this has not deterred protestors.

This determination is the single biggest threat to the Iranian regime. Young, determined Iranians are the people who make history. They are the ones who can usher in a new dawn, a Nowruz, in Iranian politics. And if they can carry this momentum forward, it is only a matter of time before Tehran finds it cannot defy the people any longer.

 

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OIAC- Nowruz Celebratio at Capital Hill, March 2018

Iran Uprising and Nowruz 2018: Support from US Congress

OIAC- Nowruz Celebratio at Capital Hill, March 2018

OIAC- Nowruz Celebratio at Capital Hill, March 2018

On the occasion of the Persian New Year – Nowruz, bi-partisan members of Congress joined together to support the people of Iran and their quest for freedom. They affirmed their support of a democratic, peaceful, non-nuclear and secular Iran.
At the gathering, members of Congress, Congress employees and members of the Iranian American Community expressed their hope about the imminent change in Iran.

The gathering was moderated by Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, a board member of the Organization of Iranian American Communities – US (OIAC), who said that Iranian people are currently rising again. It is rising because it wants an end to the rule of Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. She emphasized that the people of Iran are not alone – they are supported by many people around the world.

 

Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader at the House of Representatives, Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader at the House of Representatives, Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, spoke with great positivity about the new year that is about to start in Iran. She said that freedom and democracy will soon be part of life in Iran and that the new year will be the start of new beginnings in Iran.

She said: “This Nowruz, in the spirit of hope and new beginnings, let’s pray for the rebirth of freedom and democracy in Iran.

Let us commit ourselves to an ongoing fight for peace and justice in our communities around the world. I know the Iranian community is a blessing here, but you’re a blessing in other places as well. What we want in Iran is a secular, nonnuclear, democratic Iran. And at the time of new year, let us make that wish something that will come true soon.”

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) said that the protests that are taking place across the whole country in Iran are more important to the people than the 2009 uprising because “these protests are really from the grassroots level”. She highlighted that the public discontent with regards to the ruling regime is so evident and prominent that it is clear change needs to, and will, come very soon in Iran.

With regards to how the US should proceed, she said that it is imperative for all those who have carried out human rights abuses to be sanctioned. She added: “We need to cut Iran off from the access to money that it uses to support terror. And we need to ensure that the people of Iran have access to the internet and the ability to communicate amongst themselves.”

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) wished everyone a happy Nowruz and pointed out that this year the celebrations are very different. It is the first major event since the ongoing protests that started at the end of December. With regards to criticism from the Supreme Leader of Iran, Congressman Sherman said: “I know that the quote Supreme Leader of Iran has come out and said that these protests are caused by the MEK. I do know that it is a supreme compliment to the MEK, any time you can be condemned by the Supreme Leader of Iran … That you are responsible for an uprising of the Iranian people – you should take that as an incredible compliment.”

 

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) emphasized that the people of Iran had bipartisan support from both Republican and Democratic party leaders and said that their quest for a “secular, democratic, nonnuclear Republic” is so inspiring.

Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee Chair, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said that the new year starting for the people of Iran will be a bright and positive one because of the current uprising that is taking place. He said that it will be the year that the people of Iran finally achieve freedom and a year in which the whole world will benefit from the overthrow of the Iranian regime.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

He said: “This will be the year that the mullahs go back to the mosque and the people of Iran are freed from their tyrants. This will be a year that will be not just to the benefit of the people of Iran, but a year in which the people of the world will breathe a sigh of relief.”

 

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) agreed with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on the subject of ensuring that the Iranian people remain connected to each other. He said that they need direct satellite access to the internet. The role of the US, he said, should be to restore economic sanctions, boycott Iran and support the Iranian resistance movement.

 

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) reminded the people of Iran that their country has not been forgotten. He said: “My message to the people of Iran is looking at this group that we have here. They haven’t given up on the country of Iran. We haven’t given up on the country of Iran. We want a free, democratic Iran and for the people of Iran, it’s important that you do not lose faith, that you continue to work hard.”

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) praised the people of Iran and the Iranian American Community for never being silent and for persisting in spreading the word about the change that needs to happen in Iran. He emphasized his confidence that freedom and democracy is on the cards for the not too distant future.

 

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), Speaking at OIAC Nowruz celebration at the Capitol Hill- March 2018

spoke about the bravery of the Iranian people who risked everything to courageously fight for democracy in their country. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), emphasizing the bi-partisan support, said that he stands with those who want a democratic, secular and equal Iran. Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) agreed with his colleagues that the people of Iran who are calling for democracy, freedom and independence are supported by many in Congress. And finally, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) emphasized that it is important for “all of those who are in violation of human rights” to be held accountable.

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