WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger — a Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee — helped introduce a bipartisan resolution to support human rights protests in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and to condemn the cruel Ayatollah regime’s oppression of the Iranian people.
On September 14, 2022, Iran’s morality police arrested Mahsa Amini for allegedly incorrectly wearing a hijab, and she died shortly after being detained. In response, Spanberger joined this resolution to condemn the continued actions of the Iranian regime.
The resolution was led by U.S. Representative Young Kim (R-CA-39). Spanberger joined U.S. Representatives Maria Salazar (R-FL-27) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) as original cosponsors of the resolution.
“In the weeks following the Iranian regime’s murder of Mahsa Amini, we’ve seen devastating images of government thugs oppressing women and violently attempting to stifle peaceful protests. That’s why I’m proud to help introduce this resolution in response. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to make clear that the American people stand with the thousands of Iranians who are marching for their basic freedoms and fundamental human rights,” said Spanberger.
“There is nothing moral about brutally beating and killing a young woman. Unfortunately, Mahsa Amini’s death is only the latest example of this regime’s cruel oppression of the Iranian people, particularly women. I stand with the thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets of Iran since Mahsa Amini’s death to protest the Ayatollah regime by cutting their hair, burning their hijabs and demanding accountability and freedom,” said Kim. “This resolution will demonstrate to the Iranian people that the United States stands with them. The United States must show through words and actions that the Iranian people have our full support in their fight for freedom and basic human rights.”
“The United States has always stood firmly for freedom. As the daughter of Cuban exiles, I am proud to join my colleagues and stand with pro-democracy activists in Iran rallying against tyranny. We denounce, in the strongest terms, the violent and barbaric tactics of the Iranian regime against so many courageous Iranians, especially women like Mahsa Amini, who are rejecting religious extremism and demanding the right to representative government,” said Salazar.
“The United States supports Iranian women and all Iranian citizens in their fight for freedom,” said Fitzpatrick. “We will continue to condemn the Iranian Government for committing these heinous acts against their own people.”
Click here to read the full resolution.