Congressman Royce: U.S. Should Keep Iran’s Abuses in Mind When Negotiating

NCRI – The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce has voiced his concern over the Obama administrations negotiations with Iran as the latest report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights noted a surge in executions in Iran over the past year.

According to the report by Dr. Ahmad Shaheed over the past 12-15 months, coinciding with the time that Hassan Rouhani has been in office “At least 852 individuals were executed in the period since June of last year, including eight juveniles,” the investigator said.

“I also noted a widening of the range of offenses for which people are being put to death, including economic crimes as well as in some cases, clear political activities.”

Representative Royce called the report “deeply troubling” says Obama should be cautious when negotiating with the Iranian regime.

Chairman Royce said in a statement: “While deeply troubling, this UN human rights report does not come as a surprise. Under ‘reformist’ President Rouhani, the Iranian regime continues to commit grave human rights abuses against the Iranian people.”

“The regime’s response to the recent acid attacks on Iranian women is appalling but not surprising. When a number of young women such as 27-year old Neda were blinded by acid thrown from men on motorcycles, the regime responded to popular protests by detaining a prominent female human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and passing a law that could incite, rather than discourage, similar heinous attacks. I fear that Iran’s Basij militia will see this new law as an even more liberal license to attack Iranian women for how they are dressed. Hopefully Iranian society will step up to these acts of cowardice.”

“The Obama Administration should keep these abuses in mind when negotiating with the Iranian regime — it is difficult, if not impossible, to believe that the regime would be a peaceful nuclear power when it behaves so violently towards its own citizens. Common sense says we must be intensely skeptical of Iran’s intentions,” chairman Royce concluded.

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