"Nasrin Sotoudeh won an important victory this week against human rights abusers in Iran's government. After enduring a 49-day hunger strike demanding that travel restrictions on her daughter be reversed, the Iranian government finally gave in.
But Nasrin remains in Evin prison and is one of hundreds of prisoners of conscience languishing in jails in Iran.
Representative Dennis Kucinich is introducing a resolution Tuesday calling for Nasrin Sotoudeh's unconditional release and urging for President Obama to utilize direct diplomacy with Iran to support human rights.
The measure also calls for the U.S. to support the establishment of multilateral mechanisms to advance human rights issues in Iran and commends the people of Iran who have braved repression to peacefully exercise their fundamental human rights, as enshrined in international human rights law.
The resolution highlights how the Iranian government continues to imprison prisoners of conscience in influential fields including artists like Jafar Panahi, students like Majid Tavakoli, women’s rights activists like Bahareh Hedayat, journalists like Ahmad Zeidabadi, and former officials like Mostafa Tajzadeh. And it shines a spotlight on the recent murder of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti.
The approach in this resolution is the best way to address human rights in Iran. It supports productive measures that can improve the human rights situation in Iran and not impose more harm on ordinary Iranians or heighten the threat of war.
In order for us to convince other Members of Congress to support the call to release Nasrin and the use of human rights-focused diplomacy, they must hear your encouragement to sign this important resolution."
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