IRANIAN PROTESTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 12
(Extensions of Remarks - January 19, 2018)

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                            IRANIAN PROTESTS


                           HON. PAUL A. GOSAR

                               of arizona

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, January 19, 2018

  Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on the developments in 
Iran. For years many in the United States and elsewhere, have been 
advocating for changes in Iranian policy, including the adoption and 
implementation of human rights with respect to dissidents, religious 
minorities, protesters and opponents. The recent protests, and the loss 
of life in response to the protests, give us the opportunity to reflect 
that now is the time to reaffirm freedom of expression. Now is the time 
to reaffirm restraint and protect the lives of protestors.
  I am encouraged that the High Level Political Dialogue between the 
European Union and Iran in Brussels last year included a discussion on 
protecting and enhancing human rights. Nor should it go unnoticed that 
even the Iranian Supreme Leader noted that the leading opposition 
group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), has popular support within Iran. It 
follows that the MEK should be treated as a legitimate opposition party 
with grass roots appeal. The MEK has pointed out the excesses of the 
current government and its efforts at accountability ring true with 
many Iranians. It is my hope that Iran can embrace a more responsible 
world view, a more humane approach to its own people, and allow 
dissidents and protestors the freedom to air their grievances.