The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4744 on Friday. The bill is meant to shine light on the regime’s human rights abuses and hostage-taking, which U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce called the “M.O.” of the regime.
In prepared remarks by Royce, he noted that the regime has been repressive and violent to the Iranian people, who have taken the brunt of the theocracy’s oppressive efforts. This has included jail time, harsh physical punishments, and even executions. The Iranian regime is also leading the charge of cyberattacks, while using their technology to spy on the Iranian people and their activities.
The worst act against the Iranian people was the execution of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran by the regime over the course of four months in 1988. Many of those prisoners had just completed prison sentences before being executed. There are multiple officials in the Iranian government today that were part of that crime against humanity. Calls for justice for the victims have continued, and calls for the international community to step in on behalf of those prisoners and their families.
“For years, the regime in Tehran has systematically beat down all opposition in Iran. It regularly uses brutal tactics at home, including torture and mass executions, as it seeks to export violence and radical ideology abroad. Ever since its 1979 revolution, Iran has been a rogue state,” said Royce.
He praised Chairman McCaul and Ranking Member Engel for their efforts to push this legislation forward.
“It is critical that the United States and our allies continue to press Iran for its dangerous and threatening acts that fall outside of the JCPOA. This is an area where officials from both the Trump and Obama administrations agree, and for good reason,” said Royce.
He noted that the regime “flagrantly disregards commitments it’s made to respect the fundamental rights of the Iranian people.”
The legislation included additional sanctions for various Iranian officials, and also outlined steps for the Trump administration to take to address the hostage taking that has become a constant part of the way the Iranian regime does business.
Another key to this bill is that it calls for the U.S. to coordinate with allies and partners to apply sanctions against Iran for holding citizens of these nations hostage, particularly the politically motivated arrests. It also describes decades of abuse by the regime against the Iranian people and calls on the international community and the U.S. administration to step up for the Iranian people against the regime and its deplorable actions.