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Ros-Lehtinen, Smith to Hold a Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Rouhani's Repression in Iran


Location: Washington, DC

WHO: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

WHAT: Joint Subcommittee Hearing "One Year Under Rouhani: Iran's Abysmal Human Rights Record"

LOCATION: Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building

DATE: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"With much attention given to Iran's nuclear ambitions and global terrorist activities, it is important to examine Iran's abysmal human rights record. Nearly one year since Rouhani's selection, this so-called moderate leader has not only continued the regime's oppressive methods, but under his rule, the human rights situation has only gotten worse. There have been hundreds of executions under Rouhani and reports indicate that there have already been over 250 executions in Iran in the first four months of 2014 alone. Religious minorities, particularly Christians and Baha'i, continue to face systematic discrimination and repression, while other minorities face increased harassment and intimidation. With American citizens still in captivity, it is important to continue to highlight the real face of the Iranian regime, and to shine a light on the Administration's misplaced priorities in its foreign policy towards Iran."

NOTE: There will be a mark-up of legislation immediately prior to the Joint Subcommittee Hearing where the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa will consider:

H.Res. 109, Condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.

H.Res. 435, Calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in this case of Robert Levinson, one of the longest held United States civilians in our Nation's history.

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