Friday, June 19, 2009

Shuster Supports the Iranian People’s Right to a Free and Fair Election

Congressman Bill Shuster joined his colleagues in the House today to pass a bipartisan resolution in response to recent events in Iran. Congressman Shuster released the following statement on the resolution’s passing:

“President Reagan said that ‘freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings.’ These words take on new meaning today as millions of Iranians take to the streets to force their government to reject the results of a stolen election.

The American people will never be opposed to the right of the Iranian people to live their lives in dignity and freedom. These values are universal and the American people, through their Congress, have a moral responsibility to speak loudly in support of liberty wherever it is needed.”

Background on H.R. 560: House Resolution 560 supports the right of the Iranian people to have a free and fair election and expresses solidarity with Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. In addition, the resolution condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cell phones.

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