Human Rights and Democratic Reform in Iran, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 11, 2011 [open pdf - 250KB]
From the opening statement of Robert P. Casey, Jr.: "I think it's an understatement to say that we're witnessing a historic time in the world, especially as it relates to the change in the Middle East. We know that, earlier this year, few could have predicted that the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt would soon spread to neighboring countries, such as Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and most recently to Syria. The so-called ''Arab Spring'' has inspired prodemocracy movements across the region and activists across the world. Given these momentous political changes, it's all the more important that we take a closer look at the status of democratic reform in Iran, where authoritarian regime forces continue to repress political opposition activists and commit deplorable--deplorable--human rights violations against their own citizens. Iran's opposition movement poses perhaps the most significant challenge to the Islamic regime. And I think that it is the most significant challenge that we've seen since the regime was founded in 1979. The prodemocracy movement gained momentum in the wake of the 2009 disputed Presidential election, as protestors filled the streets of Tehran, demanding an end to government oppression and calling for democratic reforms such as freedom of speech and assembly--the same freedoms being demanded by scores of protestors across the Middle East today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Andrew Apostolou, Rudi Bakhtiar, Robert P. Casey, Jr., Philo L. Dibble, Kambiz Hosseini, and Michael H. Posner.
S. Hrg. 112-104; Senate Hearing 112-104
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