Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009
23 October (WashingtonTV)—The US House of Representatives on Thursday
passed a resolution condemning the Iranian government’s
“state-sponsored persecution” of members of the Baha’i faith and its
“continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.”
The resolution, passed by a vote of 402-2, was the 11th
congressional resolution since 1982 to address the religious oppression
of the Baha’is in Iran, according to the Baha’i World News Service.
resolution also calls on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to condemn the persecution of Baha’is in Iran, and to
demand the release of all religious prisoners, including seven Baha’is
who have been detained for more than a year without a trial.
the House of Representatives sends a signal to the Iranian regime, and
it contains an important message,” Representative Mark Kirk said in a
statement on the House floor.
US Congress will expose this regime that murders innocent women and
children in the streets and denies citizens’ basic human rights,” Kirk
He called on the
Islamic Republic to release all political prisoners and end its