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house Bill H. Res. 676

Should the House Condemn Iran’s Crackdown on Peaceful Anti-Regime Protests?

Argument in favor

The Iranian regime is brutally cracking down on the people of Iran who are peacefully expressing legitimate frustration with the regime. The House should condemn the crackdown on such protests and express support for the Iranian people’s human rights as they push for a free, democratic society.

jm-rives's Opinion
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01/08/2018
And condemn the oppression of peaceful protest on US soil as well.
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William's Opinion
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01/08/2018
I think we must support the Iranian people, but I also find it a bit incongruous coming from an administration that would seek to prosecute a protester for laughing at Sessions in a Senate hearing and calling a free press “the enemy of the people”. I’m not sure we have any standing to be the ‘Leader of the free world’ after this last year.
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Azrael's Opinion
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01/08/2018
Yes, but let’s start here first Charlottesville anyone?
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Argument opposed

While the people of Iran should be free to protest the regime with fear of violence or other persecution, the U.S. House of Representatives won't do anything to improve the situation by passing this resolution. It will only inflame tensions between Iran and the U.S. without leading to any real action.

Jon's Opinion
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01/08/2018
If you're upset with NFL players protesting, but not Iranians, you're part of the problem. Keep that same energy and call them SOBs
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01/08/2018
Is this some feeble attempt to prove moral supremacy? If so, you fail. You sat back while DJT refused to certify the Iranian gov't is in compliance with the principals of the multilateral Nuclear deal, sparking unrest among our allies and the Iranian people. You do not have the moral right to condemn the treatment of any group of citizens until you deal with a president punishing his own citizens for the mistake of being born on an island in a very big ocean. Your attempt is hypocritical and disgusting.
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Jadon's Opinion
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01/08/2018
It has nothing to do with us. If every country interferes with everyone else, then it would be catastrophic.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 676?

This resolution would express that the House of Representatives stands with the people of Iran who are peacefully protesting against the country’s regime and condemns the regime’s human rights abuses, corruption, and destabilizing activities abroad. It would demand that the regime abide by its international obligations to respect human rights and civil liberties such as freedoms of assembly, speech, and press. The resolution would support efforts by the Iranian people to build the foundation for the emergence of a freely elected, open, and democratic political system.

Further, it would call on the executive branch to impose targeted sanctions and convene emergency sessions of the United Nations Security and Human Rights Councils to condemn the ongoing human rights violations. The resolution would also encourage companies to reject requests by the Iranian regime to cut off the people’s access to social media and other communications platforms.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t be considered by the Senate if passed.

Impact

The Iranian people; the Iranian regime; international organizations; and the executive branch.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 676

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered the following statement on the introduction of this bill:

“On Tuesday, the House will vote on a bipartisan resolution to join the administration in supporting the people of Iran. The radical regime in Tehran denies basic freedoms and crushes opposition with deadly force while pushing billions of dollars to terrorist activities abroad. As brave Iranians take to the streets to protest the regime’s brutality and corruption, the U.S. cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. This resolution condemns the regime’s crackdowns on legitimate protest, and makes clear that America stands with Iranians who want peace, freedom, and a better life.”

This legislation has the support of one cosponsor in the House, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).


Of Note: In recent weeks more than 1,000 people have been arrested and at least 20 killed during anti-government protests in Iran. The protesters have expressed frustration with Iran’s stunted economy, limited freedoms granted by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the ruling clerics, and the country’s support for the Syrian government, Palestinian groups and Hezbollah.

In response, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has cracked down on the protests and blamed them on foreign instigators such as the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia. The regime has taken steps to cut off protesters access to social media and other communications platforms.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: ChrisHepburn / iStock)

Official Title

Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed January 9th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 415 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2018

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    And condemn the oppression of peaceful protest on US soil as well.
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    If you're upset with NFL players protesting, but not Iranians, you're part of the problem. Keep that same energy and call them SOBs
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    I think we must support the Iranian people, but I also find it a bit incongruous coming from an administration that would seek to prosecute a protester for laughing at Sessions in a Senate hearing and calling a free press “the enemy of the people”. I’m not sure we have any standing to be the ‘Leader of the free world’ after this last year.
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    Yes, but let’s start here first Charlottesville anyone?
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    The irony to what is being done to protesters doing the same in our own country is ASTOUNDING
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    Is this some feeble attempt to prove moral supremacy? If so, you fail. You sat back while DJT refused to certify the Iranian gov't is in compliance with the principals of the multilateral Nuclear deal, sparking unrest among our allies and the Iranian people. You do not have the moral right to condemn the treatment of any group of citizens until you deal with a president punishing his own citizens for the mistake of being born on an island in a very big ocean. Your attempt is hypocritical and disgusting.
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    The entire free world should follow our lead and condemn the mullahs whom ruined a once highly educated and prosperous country. We need to provide support to these heroic protesters, in any manner possible. And to those (gailnability) whom think there is some moral equivalency between our protestors and theirs, I suggest you go live in Iran, Cuba or NOKO and spew your comments against their leaders. You see, you and others like you may don your Pussy hats and think your voice is more important than what all other women have to say. Yet, you risk nothing. The people of Iran risk everything. While women (non-Muslim) here shroud themselves in solidarity by wearing the greatest symbol of oppression to many Muslim women—the headscarf—the Muslim women in Iran risk their lives by removing theirs. Shame on you to think our protesters risk more than jailing when they don’t follow the rules of non-violent civil disobedience, but instead promote fascist tactics (blocking highways and emergency vehicles, using Molotov cocktails, burning vehicles, silencing others by any means, throwing bodily wastes at those voices they don’t want to hear, etc.). The only threat to our democracy are groups like ANTIFA, some BLM groups who are anything but anti fascist, and voices such as yours. The big difference, here, though, is that I would defend with my last breath your right to spew your hatred and ill-informed remarks.
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    It has nothing to do with us. If every country interferes with everyone else, then it would be catastrophic.
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    It is a problem. However, with the current administration, Iran sees no reason to listen to the US.
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    We have much more pressing issues here in our own country.
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    The house should condemn the President for the chaos he recklessly causes around the world.
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    If any liberal says we shouldn’t condemn Iran’s crackdown on their people (their women especially) then don’t ever call yourself a feminist. Their are brave Iranian women ripping the state-mandated burka in violation of the oppressive Iranian dress law and for you to not condemn that, you’re not a feminist.
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    Let those who live in glass houses not throw stones. Until protests here are allowed freely our government needs to butt out.
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    This is an incredibly hypocritical resolution for us to propose when we are supporting Saudi Arabia, a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world. Also, the U.S. has and continues to play a part in destabilizing the world and we have our own corruption problems. I think we need to sort out our own problems before we start getting involved in other countries’ affairs like this. This resolution is clearly motivated more by geopolitics rather than genuine outrage about what’s happening in Iran.
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    Of course. Peaceful demonstration is the only significant way average people have of expressing their displeasure with their leaders. Oh wait, pot meet kettle. How about our elected servants stop doing that to us.
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    We don't need to be involved in foreign entanglements its not constitutional, promoting this one world "democracy " will lead to tyranny for all. The U. S. A only needs to protect its own republic,yes republic form of government not democracy.
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    I don’t give a flying F**K what Iran does! They kill gays and treat women less than dogs. Spend Congressional time working in a bipartisan way for the Good old United States of America 🇺🇸
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    Peaceful protest should be allowed everywhere!
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    They have a right to peaceful protest
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    We intervened several times before and messed that up. Maybe we need to let these things take care of themselves. Great example was the Shah of Iran and he abused that privilege. So when they over throw their religious leadership be there to help but let them do their thing.
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