(February 12, 2023, Washington, D.C., JNS Wire) Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) offered its gratitude to Representative Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and a bipartisan group of 165 congressmen for introducing House Resolution 100, which expresses support for Iranian dissidents yearning for a free, democratic, secular and non-nuclear Iran. The resolution:
- Condemns all Iranian state-sponsored terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and former U.S. officials.
- Calls on the U.S. government and international community to hold Iran accountable for breaching diplomatic privileges, and to work to prevent Iran’s malign activities throughout the world.
- Reaffirms the House of Representatives’ solidarity with the people of Iran and condemns the regime’s brutal killing of Iranian protesters.
- Recognizes the Iranian people’s rights and their struggle to establish a democratic, secular and non-nuclear Republic of Iran.
“EMET wholeheartedly thanks Representative McClintock and the bipartisan group of 165 Members of Congress for strongly expressing their solidarity with tens of thousands of brave Iranian dissidents throughout all 31 provinces of Iran. These courageous dissidents have risked their lives in pursuit of the basic freedoms that every American cherishes. More than 15,000 have been arrested and tortured, over 500 have been brutally killed, including 58 children, and at least four were recently hung in the public square,” said EMET founder and president Sarah Stern.
“These precious, idealistic young Iranians should not have died in vain. We call on Congress to further hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for its heinous acts and support the courageous Iranian dissidents by holding hearings with Iranian American dissidents. We must find concrete ways to support the people of Iran in overcoming the brutal Iranian Regime before more innocent men, women, and children are slaughtered,” she added.
The resolution also traces the brutal history of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s harsh, repressive treatment of innocent civilians, spanning more than four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the horrific 1988 “death commissions” formed to execute approximately 5,000 political prisoners across Iran. Commission members included Iran’s current president, Ebrahim Raisi, among other officials serving in Iran’s government.
The resolution calls on the United States to be involved in an international investigation of these extrajudicial killings.