Connect with us

Europe

House commends Iranian protesters in bipartisan vote

News Agencies

Published

on

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Wednesday expressing solidarity with people in Iran who have been risking imprisonment and even death to protest against the country’s theocracy.

The 420-1 vote marked the latest round of international condemnation against Iran’s government, which has engaged in a brutal crackdown of its citizenry since the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

“It is vital that we in the U.S. House of Representatives, a body that is among the greatest symbols of freedom and democracy around the world, stand with one voice to affirm our support for the brave Iranian people,” Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., said during floor debate Wednesday.

The resolution was first introduced in the last Congress by several Republican and Democratic lawmakers and was revived earlier this month — reflecting a rare point of consensus for an increasingly divided Congress. Its passage came days after the U.S., Europe and the United Kingdom imposed a series of fresh sanctions on dozens of Iranian officials and organizations, including the country’s special military and police forces, for their violent clampdown.

Advertisement

Activists say at least 16 people have been sentenced to death in closed-door hearings over charges linked to the protests. Death sentences in Iran are typically carried out by hanging.

At least 517 protesters have been killed and over 19,200 people have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has closely monitored the unrest. Iranian authorities have not provided an official count of those killed or detained.

The protests began in mid-September when 22-year-old Amini died after being arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. Women have been at the vanguard of the protests, with many publicly stripping off the compulsory Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, in defiance of the government.

Advertisement

The protests mark one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 revolution — and the reaction from the government has been severe. Security forces have used live ammunition, birdshot, tear gas, and batons to disperse protesters, according to rights groups.

“We want the Iranian people to know that we see you. We know the risk you’re taking and the danger that you face,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., ranking chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on the House floor. “Stay strong.”

Advertisement

He added, “Stay strong as freedom will always win over tyranny.”

The latest news from the News Agencies

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment4 hours ago

Razzie Awards face sharp criticism for nominating ‘Firestarter’ child star: ‘Repulsive and wrong’ (updated)

Ryan Kiera Armstrong in ‘Firestarter’ (Photo: Ken Woroner/Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection) UPDATE Jan. 25, 2023: In response to the outcry,...

Entertainment4 hours ago

Pamela Anderson doc director ‘not surprised’ Tim Allen, Sylvester Stallone are denying anecdotes, but says ‘her North Star is honesty’

Filmmaker Ryan White — who is behind Netflix’s Pamela Anderson doc — says “she just cannot be dishonest,” amid denials...

Entertainment4 hours ago

‘Judy Blume Forever’ directors say the beloved author is ‘furious’ about America’s fresh wave of book banning

Celebrated author Judy Blume is the subject of the Sundance documentary, Judy Blume Forever. (Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute) Judy...

Entertainment4 hours ago

Roger Ailes Accuser Sues Fox News and Trump’s Ex-Comms Director Bill Shine

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images A former Fox News employee who previously came forward with sickening accusations of sexual servitude...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Wynonna Judd still ‘healing’ from mom Naomi Judd’s death: ‘Nights are difficult for me’

Wynonna Judd opens up about touring again after mom Naomi Judd’s death. (Photo: Getty Images for CMT) It’s been nine...

Entertainment6 hours ago

Rock out with the new Daisy Jones and the Six teaser — and their first single

Move over Rumours, Aurora is here. On Wednesday, Prime Video dropped the first teaser trailer for Daisy Jones and the...

Entertainment7 hours ago

Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Sam Smith Lead Initial Grammy Performer Lineup

Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Brandi Carlile Lead 2023 Grammy Nominations Bad Bunny, Lizzo, and Sam Smith highlight the initial lineup...

Entertainment8 hours ago

Anna Sorokin Will Star in New Reality Show ‘Delvey’s Dinner Club’ While on House Arrest

Anna Delvey on the fire escape of her East Village apartment, while on house arrest on November 7, 2022 in...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

Sports51 mins ago

Alabama football offensive coordinator candidates: 7 options to replace Bill O’Brien

Here are possible candidates for Alabama football to hire for Nick Saban's opening at offensive coordinator.

Sports1 hour ago

Teegate: Video shows moment Rory McIlroy snubbed Patrick Reed before American threw tee

Reed approached McIlroy on the driving range in Dubai before being snubbed by the world No 1

Sports2 hours ago

Done tanking, Thunder ready to make noise

With a budding superstar, a superb coach, a talented young core and help on the way, OKC's rebuild is ahead...

Sports2 hours ago

Gio Reyna scores second straight game-winner in second game since USMNT World Cup saga

Reyna did again on Wednesday, just three days after marking his return from the World Cup with a game-winner.

Sports3 hours ago

Daryl Watts hopes her record PHF contract opens doors for future generations

This contract wasn't about smashing records, it was about smashing the glass ceiling and opening doors for future generations of...

Sports3 hours ago

Time for Jerry Jones to fire Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, and make this bold hire | Opinion

Despite a 12-5 regular-season, the Cowboys season ends in major disappointment. Again. Here’s who Jerry Jones should hire as head...

Sports4 hours ago

One free agent player fit for every NFL team in 2023

NFL free agency is set to open in less than two months. Here's a look at one player fit for...

Sports4 hours ago

Bears take Georgia’s Jalen Carter with No. 1 pick in Mel Kiper’s first mock draft

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft of 2023 on Wednesday, and he has the Chicago Bears...

Technology Hot News

Technology7 days ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Technology1 week ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

Technology1 week ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

Technology1 week ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Technology1 week ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

Technology1 week ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

Technology1 week ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

Technology2 weeks ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement