Iran General News US Senators target Iran on rights, democracy

US Senators target Iran on rights, democracy

-

ImageAFP: As Iran marked its 1979 Islamic revolution, US Senators unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at helping the opposition in Tehran cast off the regime and targeting alleged rights abusers there. ImageWASHINGTON (AFP) — As Iran marked its 1979 Islamic revolution, US Senators unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at helping the opposition in Tehran cast off the regime and targeting alleged rights abusers there.

One measure, crafted by Republican Senators John Cornyn and Sam Brownback, would green-light non-military aid to Iranian democratic opposition groups and humanitarian aid to "victims of the current regime," their offices said.

The bill includes a non-binding statement that Washington fully backs "efforts of the Iranian people to oppose and remove the current regime and transition to a freely elected, open, and democratic government in Iran."

It also says Washington aims to prevent Tehran from inappropriate meddling in the internal affairs of its neighbors Iraq and Afghanistan, from aiding extremist groups, or developing nuclear weapons.

The legislation would also create a new "special envoy for democracy and human rights in Iran," and aim to foster a regional rights forum.

"The people of Iran are clearly hungry for freedom, and America has a duty to stand behind them and support their cause," said Cornyn. "This legislation will send a clear signal to the Iranian people that we support their efforts."

"The biggest problem with Iran is not weapons or terrorism but the regime itself. This legislation would put the United States firmly and unequivocally on the side of the Iranian people," said Brownback.

Another bill, crafted by Republican Senator John McCain and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, would call for targeting Iranians complicit in rights abuses at home with sanctions like asset freezes or a ban on US travel.

The measure would call on US President Barack Obama to compile a public list of rights abusers or their enablers, and aim to impose punitive measures on those individuals, according to a summary from McCain's office.

"Bottom line, this is a targeted measure against the oppressors of the Iranian people," said McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan.

Latest news

Tehran’s Rejection of Compromise Is an Invitation to Maximum Pressure

Iran has formally rejected all Western efforts to at compromise during the current impasse over prospective restoration of the...

Iran’s Officials Admit to Playing With the Exchange Rate To Run Their Shattered Economy

'Increasing the price of the dollar and keeping the dollar artificially high is a reality accepted by all elements...

Misogynous Law Bans Iran Ski Coach From Travelling With Her Team

The head coach of Iran’s national Alpine skiing team was banned from accompanying her team to a competition in...

Amnesty on Saravan Protests

Amnesty International said that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards illegally used lethal force to subdue unarmed fuel porters in Saravan, Sistan...

Iran’s Lost Dreams About the New US Administration and Its Crises

On the front pages of Iran’s state-run dailies, especially those affiliated with the faction of Iran’s supreme leader Ali...

Pensioner Protests Hint at Bigger Iran Protests

Iranian pensioners held nationwide protests for the fourth week in a row on Sunday, but this time it coincided...

Must read

Iran blamed for attempt on Kurdish dissident leader

Iran Focus: Baghdad, Jul. 08 – A secret agent’s...

Demonstration in Paris Unites the Syrian OppositionWith the Iranian Resistance

Iran Focus London, 19 Dec - On Saturday, December...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you