For decades, Iranians have lived under the double burden of repression by their government and unintended hardship caused by US sanctions.  Even now, Congress is rushing to pass the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (IRPSA), which will only contribute to the Iranian people’s suffering by seeking to restrict Iran’s supply of heating oil and gasoline.  Prominent members of Iran’s opposition movement, such as Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, as well as human rights defenders like Shirin Ebadi and Akbar Ganji, have all spoken out strongly against such sanctions that punish innocent Iranians.

Today, however, a group of Members of Congress are standing up to reverse this failed paradigm.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) has introduced the Stand with the Iranian People Act (SWIPA), and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced the Iranian Digital Empowerment Act (IDEA). Together, these unprecedented pieces of legislation will enable the US to genuinely support the Iranian people by removing unnecessary obstacles that have made their struggle for rights and freedom more difficult.


(Click here for a summary of SWIPA – English Version, Persian Version)

(Click here for a summary of IDEA – English Version, Persian Version)

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    One Response to “Tell Congress to Stand With the Iranian People!”

  1. Joanne Johnson says:

    The Iranian people have suffered through enough. They should not have to pay for the ignorance of their government leaders. We need to support their efforts. OF all the people in this world we as Americans know the price of freedom. If SWIPA and IDEA do nothing more than let the Iranian people know that we are with them, it is a start. Please let them know that their cause is all of our cause that peace in their valley means peace in our valley. Pass SWIPA and IDEA.

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