|Sponsor||Rep. Pitts, Joe|
|Date||March 1, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Jon Hiler|
On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 556 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) on February 17, 2012 and referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs.
H.Res. 556 would condemn Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities and its continued violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The bill would also call on the Administration to designate additional Iranian officials, as appropriate, for human rights abuses pursuant to section 105 of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (P.L. 111–195).
The bill would also call for the Government of Iran to release Youcef Nadarkhani and all other individuals held or charged on account of their religion.
Lastly, the bill would reaffirm that religious freedom is a universal human right and a fundamental individual freedom.
The following timeline of events regarding Youcef Nadarkhani is contained in the text of the resolution:
According to the resolution, on numerous occasions the judiciary of Iran offered to commute Mr. Nadarkhani’s sentence if he would recant his faith, and numerous Iranian government officials have attempted to coerce Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his Christian faith and accept Islam in exchange for his freedom. Mr. Nadarkhani continues to refuse to recant his faith, and the Government of Iran continues to indefinitely imprison him for choosing to practice Christianity.
Additionally, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran has reported that as of October 19, 2011, Iran had secretly executed 146 people during that calendar year, and in 2010, Iran secretly executed more than 300 people.
There is no CBO cost estimate available for this bill.