Supporting the Nonviolent Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Iran

Resolution Number 11-04.78

WHEREAS, the Government of Iran has systematically violated its constitutional and international treaty obligations to uphold universal human rights and has undertaken a campaign of violence, persecution, and intimidation against Iranian citizens seeking those rights, including by suppressing free access to the internet; and 

WHEREAS, the United States government has taken several positive steps to address the human rights crisis in Iran, by easing U.S. sanctions on non-commercial internet communications software, imposing targeted sanctions on Iranian officials who have committed human rights violations, and supporting the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Iran by the United Nations Human Rights Council; and 

WHEREAS, some United States sanctions and policies continue to have the unintended effect of isolating and punishing the Iranian people, including by blocking the Iranian people from accessing internet communication tools, preventing U.S.-based non-governmental organizations from working directly with the Iranian people to provide humanitarian and human rights assistance in Iran, and imposing unnecessary burdens such as a single-entry student visa policy on Iranians seeking visas to the United States. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party condemns the ongoing human rights abuses perpetrated by the Government of Iran, supports the establishment of a Special Rapporteur for Iran at the United Nations Human Rights Council to address human rights violations, and encourages the President and Secretary of State to work with international partners to impose targeted multilateral financial and travel sanctions against Iranian government officials who have ordered or carried out human rights abuses against the people of Iran; and 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party stands with the Iranian people in their century long struggle for democracy and human rights and supports measures to build bridges between the American and Iranian peoples, including by easing restrictions that prevent the Iranian people from accessing internet communications tools and that prevent American non-governmental organizations from providing humanitarian relief to the Iranian people, and by expanding the number and types of visas available to Iranian students. 


Author: Sunny Zia.  Sponsored by: DPOC 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party\xe2\x80\xa8
At its 2011 State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento\xe2\x80\xa8\xe2\x80\xa8
May 1, 2011



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