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Marco Rubio Joins Senate Effort to Back Protesters in Iran

January 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Bob Corker, Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin
Bob Corker, Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin

From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on the U.S. to support Iranians protesting their regime. 

On Thursday, Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez to back a resolution supporting the protesters and condemning the Iranian government’s human rights record. 

The resolution also “encourages the President, the Secretary of State, and the United States Ambassador to the United Nations to work to convene emergency sessions of the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated by the Government of Iran and establish a monitoring mechanism by which the Council can monitor such violations" and “calls on the Government of Iran to cooperate with and allow visits of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs for Human Rights and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.” The resolution also “urges the President and Secretary of State to work with the international community to ensure that violations of human rights are part of all formal and informal multilateral or bilateral discussions with and regarding Iran.”
 
When the protests began, Rubio said that the international community needed to support them and ensure the Iranian regime did not try to crack down on them. 

“All nations must hold the regime in Tehran fully accountable for any suppression of peaceful demonstrators in Iran," Rubio said at the start of the week. “The Iranian people have a right to peacefully protest the regime’s rampant corruption, and to call for a truly representative government that protects human rights, upholds the impartial rule of law, and seeks peace with all of its neighbors.”

Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also weighed in on the matter. 

“As protests in Iran continue, I support the legitimate desires of the Iranian people for dignity and fundamental freedoms, economic opportunity, and a government that is responsive to its citizens,” Cardin said this week. “The ability to peacefully protest is a universal right, and I applaud the courage and commitment of Iran’s citizens across the country who have taken to the streets to call for reform despite the risks of violence and government-directed repression.

“I extend my condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives in pursuit of change and freedom,” Cardin added. “I call on the Government of Iran to respect the right of its citizens to peacefully protest.  The most effective government response is to acknowledge the economic grievances and concerns expressed by the protestors and to immediately take steps to respond, such as ending the entrenched system of corruption and halting programs of state-sponsored terrorism that deprive the vast majority of Iran’s people of government resources and economic opportunities. 

“The world is closely watching how Iranian officials respond to the legitimate calls of Iran’s citizens for reform.  If the response is violence, repression, and imprisonment, the United States has tools to target human rights abusers – these include sanctions authorized in the 2017 Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act,” Cardin continued.  “I also urge the administration to explore options for sending signals of support to the Iranian people.  A good start would be immediately removing Iran from the travel ban.”

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Senator Rubio is supporting our President's stand re: the Iranian citizens' rights to protest their government. Some of our own citizens are too young to remember what the U.S.A. has historically stood for. Verbalizing the U.S. stance supporting human rights worldwide is nothing new. It was neglected during the Obama administration and is now merely being reinstituted during the current administration. Siding with those who want a better life in other countries is not a declaration of war. I would assume all Americans support better human rights in other countries. This shouldn't be a partisan issue.

Trillions of our tax dollars have been wasted by war profiteers and empire builders who pretend to care about people in other countries but whose only real interest is in promoting conflicts that can be utilized to boost arms sales and support violent regime change programs in countries that don't submit to their agenda. Iran is no threat to the USA but will defend itself if under attack. These unprincipled politicians should be focused on reining in the out of control global military expansion that is bankrupting our nation, and they should focus on rebuilding American infrastructure and improving the lives of working people here, instead of shilling for the warmongers and war profiteers. who are sowing mayhem around the globe and doing everything they can to ensure that lasting peace and meaningful, comprehensive disarmament never happens.

"Corker, Cardin & Rubio",...An unholy, self-serving triumvirate (along with foreign pedophilia leaning Menendez), if there ever was one...!

"..from his perch.." : Just like pretty little yellow canaries, these "birds" pontificate (from their "safe space perches") upon 'how to run the world' and, if necessary, commit America's "Blood & Treasure" (OUR AMERICAN YOUTH) to even MORE decades of War in the "centuries old Middle Eastern tribal conflict mindset" that pits ISLAM against ALL "infidels" drawn within range of their sabers, camels, modern martial equipment,.. into their "duplicitous sandbox existence" where the "value of life" has been "next to nothing" in their still Koran preached "sixth century generational" ignorance; Left to their own devices, these tribal. nomadic people will fight, and kill, each other at the "drop of an imagined insult"... if there is no "commonly perceived enemy entering their sandbox" with which to focus upon (just like young bullying children in a grammar schoolyard). Diplomacy (to THEM), is as alien as the thought of of "Earthmen" walking on the moon,.. and "soft, protected, little 'yellowbird' American Senators" pontificating upon Iran's internal strife,...when those same 'yellowbird' Senators pontificated vacuously when the "Shah" was 'stripped from power' many decades ago only to be replaced by FAR WORSE Mullahs. Will America's pontificating "yellowbirds" in Congress EVER learn to stifle their outrage (when and until) their is an actual visible humanitarian solution that can ACTUALLY be applied.... (IN OTHER WORDS: DON'T BE DRAWN INTO A FIGHT THAT ISN'T IN YOUR OWN "NEIGHBORHOOD" ! ! ! LEST YOU FIND YOURSELF LABELLED AS THE "COMMON ENEMY" once again...)

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