(UnitedVoice.com) – Iran has a long history of treating its citizens poorly. Women in the Middle Eastern nation are subjected to the harsh realities of Islamic law and are treated as the property of men. First, they are owned by their fathers and later by their husbands. They are also not allowed to dress the way they want. Instead, the women are required to wear traditional Muslim garb, including coverings for their hair.
Last year, a young woman died after being arrested by the country’s morality police. That kicked off widespread protests. Months later, the US passed a resolution to support the citizens of the country.
On January 25, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) announced the passage of a resolution that expressed solidarity with the Iranian people. The New Jersey congressman, along with Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY), introduced the measure. It passed the House of Representatives 420-1.
In a social media post, Gottheimer said the resolution commends “the bravery, courage, and resolve of the women and men of Iran” who are protesting against the government. He also pointed out that the country is the largest state sponsor of terrorism.
The House just passed the bipartisan resolution I co-led to commend the bravery, courage, and resolve of the women and men of Iran who are demonstrating against the oppressive Iranian regime for its human rights abuses.
Iran is the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror. https://t.co/S2HW7R8Lbz
— Rep Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) January 26, 2023
The Democratic congressman also said the passage of the resolution made it clear that America supports the “brave individuals committed to freedom and human rights.”
In a joint statement, Rep. Tenney called the Iranian government a “murderous regime” that has violently cracked down “on its citizens’ rights and civil liberties.” She pointed out that the citizens of the Islamic country are demanding the brutal regime stop “funding terrorism abroad,” respect the rights of citizens, and make peace with the countries surrounding the nation.
McCaul promised the US would do anything it could to support the citizens of Iran in their fight for the “right to self-determination.”
The protests were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Her family believes Iranian authorities beat her to death after arresting her over an issue with her hijab. Hundreds of activists demanded a regime change. The crowds chanted, “Death to the dictator,” referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran’s government cracked down on the protesters, killing hundreds of citizens both in the streets and by sentencing them to execution. In December and January, four men were hanged for speaking out against the government. More than a dozen more were expected to meet the same fate.
The resolution is a symbolic gesture of support.
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