Foreign Affairs Committee Adopts Deutch Amendments Supporting Fair Elections and Free Access to Information in Iran

Press Release

By:  Ted Deutch
Date: May 22, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

(Washington, DC) Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously accepted three amendments to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act authored by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Two of the amendments come at a critical time in the struggle for democracy in Iran, with yesterday's disqualification of former President Rafsanjani as a candidate and continued reports of a crackdown on free expression in advance of the upcoming presidential election. Even as the Iranian regime clamps down on its people ahead of the June 14th elections, Congressman Deutch's first amendment expresses U.S. support for the Iranian people through the promotion of free and fair elections, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. The second measure will help prevent Iran from obtaining technologies used by the regime for repression and human rights abuses. A third amendment authored by Congressman Deutch and adopted into the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act builds upon his previous work empowering states to divest from Iran by expanding their ability to divest from a broader range of businesses.

"Tensions in Iran are rising, with the regime showing a willingness to shut out reform voices and restrict the free flow of information as the June elections approach," said Congressman Deutch. "We cannot allow Iran to drop an Electronic Curtain on its people by tracking their movements, suspending Internet access, and denying access to foreign-based news sources. As we work to deprive the Iranian nuclear weapons program of billions of dollars in revenue by enhancing economic sanctions, we must also stand firmly with the people of Iran by sending a message that we support them in their struggle for democracy."