The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Wednesday praising protesters in Iran, with only one lawmaker — Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) — voting “no.”
The concurrent resolution, which passed 420-1, praises the “courage, courage and determination of the women and men of Iran who are demonstrating in more than 13 cities and risking their safety to speak out against the violations of human rights by the Iranian regime.”
The text of the measure refers to the death of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian woman who died in police custody in September after morality police arrested her on charges of violating Iran’s laws requiring women to wear headscarves or hijabs.
She was detained on September 13 for “inappropriate dress” and died on September 16 after falling into a coma. According to a coroner’s report, she died of multiple organ failure, according to NBC News. Her family has said witnesses say she was beaten by officers.
After her death, protests broke out in Iran.
The resolution also lists cases of “persecution of women” by the Iranian regime “through misogynistic criminal statutes”.
It says Congress condemns “the brutal beating and death of Mahsa Amini” and “the Iranian regime’s violent repression of women and men participating in the current demonstrations, including children, and calls for transparent accountability for all killings of demonstrators by Iranian security forces. .”
The resolution also expresses support for those who take part in protests and “risk their safety to speak out against the human rights abuses committed by the Iranian regime”.
In addition, it “encourages the Biden administration’s continued efforts to respond to the protests,” including sanctions against Iran’s morality police.
The Hill reached out to Massie for comment on his vote. The Republican from Kentucky has broken away from his party on foreign policy matters on a number of occasions.
In 2018, he was one of two lawmakers to vote against a resolution supporting Iranians’ right to express themselves freely and condemning the regime for cracking down on legitimate protests.
House lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised the resolution’s passage.
“Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. We must support the brave people of Iran as they fight back against the oppressive Iranian regime and their human rights violations,” Representative Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.), who co-led the resolution, wrote in a statement. “With this bipartisan resolution passed by the House today, we make it clear that we support those brave individuals who are fighting for freedom and human rights, both in Iran and around the world.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the measure confirms US support for Iranian protesters.
“I am proud that our bipartisan resolution passed the House again today with an overwhelming majority. This resolution reaffirms the support of the American people for the brave Iranian people to speak out against the human rights abuses committed by the Iranian regime,” he wrote in a statement.
“As the regime continues to escalate its violent actions, we must continue to do everything we can to support the Iranian people’s right to self-determination and ensure that the regime is held accountable for its crimes. That means no relief of sanctions on the regime and full enforcement of all our existing sanctions,” he added.
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