S.Con.Res.39 - A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the treatment of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and particularly the recent arrests of members of that country's Jewish community.106th Congress (1999-2000)
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|Sponsor:||Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] (Introduced 06/14/1999)|
|Committees:||Senate - Foreign Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/25/1999 Held at the desk. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. Con. Res. 39 Engrossed in Senate (ES)] 1st Session S. CON. RES. 39 _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Whereas 10 percent of the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran are members of religious minority groups; Whereas, according to the State Department and internationally recognized human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran-- including Sunni Muslims, Baha'is, Christians, and Jews--have been the victims of human rights violations solely because of their status as religious minorities; Whereas the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights passed Resolution 1999/13, which expresses the concern of the international community over ``continued discrimination against religious minorities'' in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and calls on that country to moderate its policy on religious minorities until they are ``completely emancipated''; Whereas more than half the Jews in Iran have been forced to flee that country since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 because of religious persecution, and many of them now reside in the United States; Whereas the Iranian Jewish community, with a 2,500-year history and currently numbering some 30,000 people, is the oldest Jewish community living in the Diaspora; Whereas five Jews have been executed by the Iranian government in the past five years without having been tried; Whereas there has been a noticeable increase recently in anti-Semitic propaganda in the government-controlled Iranian press; Whereas, on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover 1999, thirteen or more Jews, including community and religious leaders in the city of Shiraz, were arrested by the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Whereas, in keeping with its dismal record on providing accused prisoners with due process and fair treatment, the Islamic Republic of Iran failed to charge the detained Jews with any specific crime or allow visitation by relatives of the detained for more than two months: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should-- (1) continue to work through the United Nations to assure that the Islamic Republic of Iran implements the recommendations of resolution 1999/13; (2) continue to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the recent arrest of members of Iran's Jewish minority and urge their immediate release; (3) urge all nations having relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to condemn the treatment of religious minorities in Iran and call for the release of all prisoners held on the basis of their religious beliefs; and (4) maintain the current United States policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran unless and until that country moderates its treatment of religious minorities. Passed the Senate June 23, 1999. Attest: Secretary. 106th CONGRESS 1st Session S. CON. RES. 39 _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the treatment of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and particularly the recent arrests of members of that country's Jewish community.