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OPINION

Bipartisan House Resolution Rejects Monarchic, Religious Dictatorship, Endorses a Republic in Iran

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Kirsty Wigglesworth

As we marked the 44th anniversary of the 1979 revolution in Iran, we were reminded of the transformative power of people's movements to bring about change. The overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy and the establishment of a republic in Iran held great promise for the people, but it was quickly subverted by Khomeini and his reactionary mullahs, who have since been responsible for unimaginable human rights abuses, terrorism, regional destabilization, and the pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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Since September, the Iranian theocracy has faced a wave of social upheaval and mass protests demanding democratic change. Women, young people, and scores of others have taken to the streets to call for a secular republic that respects their individual rights and freedoms. These calls have not gone unheard, as evidenced by a significant conference held on Capitol Hill this month, where several US lawmakers introduced House Resolution 100, calling for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic in Iran.

The resolution currently has an unprecedented number of 165 bipartisan cosponsors, and it strongly condemns the violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism of the Iranian regime. Furthermore, it rejects both the Shah's deposed monarchy and the ruling theocracy, and voices support for a democratic and secular republic in Iran. 

A senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Tom McClintock, said the measure expresses the united support of the American people for the Iranian people in their struggle for a better future. It is also noteworthy that the resolution strongly condemns the violations of human rights and the state-sponsored terrorism of the Iranian regime.

Moreover, it rejects both the Shah’s deposed dictatorship and ruling theocracy, and voices support for a democratic and secular republic in Iran.

Addressing the congressional conference, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, rightly pointed out the significance of Congress's move, adding that it sends a clear message to the people of Iran that they are not alone in their fight for freedom and democracy.

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The Iranian people's passion for freedom and their commitment to liberating their homeland is an inspiration to all who know them. Congress has done the right thing by joining voices with a growing chorus calling for liberty and justice in Iran.

This resolution is a significant step forward in the fight for democracy in Iran, and it sends a message to the regime in Iran that the world is watching. The people of the United States and the international community stand firmly behind the protesters and the people that Tehran is oppressing and killing.

Despite its ebbs and flows, the ongoing revolution in Iran is destined to succeed because there are numerous signs that the people are rejecting all forms of dictatorship, including the Shah's monarchy that devastated the country's socio-political progress until 1979. Iranians are now looking only to the future, which will see the establishment of a democratic republic based on the separation of religion and state, and gender equality.

It is time for the regime in Iran to change. This is a regime that has responded to peaceful protests with violence, massacres, torture, and imprisonment. It must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity, including the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. Otherwise, the regime's murder machine will continue to outpace international condemnations.

Some 10,000 Iranian supporters of the NCRI who rallied in the street of Paris this past Sunday echoed the same message, calling on the European Union to end its appeasement of Iran and support a democratic, secular republic in Iran. They were joined by John Bercow, the former Speaker of the British Parliament, and Ingrid Betancourt, former Columbian Senator and Presidential Candidates, who voiced support for the cause of freedom and democracy in Iran.

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The world cannot stand by and watch as the people of Iran are denied their basic rights. Adopting the example of the US Congress, the world must take action to support the people of Iran in their fight for freedom and democracy. Not the just the future of Iran, but that of the entire region and the world is at stake. A democratic Iran will benefit everyone. The scourge of the mullahs should end, not tomorrow, but today. 

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