Legislation Would Hold Iran Accountable for Sponsorship of Terrorism and Human Rights Abuses
Mar 18 2016
WASHINGTON – In response to Iran’s latest sponsorship of terrorism, missile threats and human rights abuses, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this week sponsored legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) – the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2016 (S. 2726).
“The United States must not stand by while the Iranian government openly violates human rights, proudly disregards U.N. Security Council resolutions, and calls for the destruction of America and its allies,” Sen. Moran said. “The strengthening of sanctions sends a clear message: Congress condemns this regime’s belligerent behavior and the United States will punish state sponsors of terror.”
S. 2726 imposes new sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that has helped the IRGC to spread terrorism and militancy. Additionally, it codifies current prohibitions against Iran’s direct and indirect access to the U.S. financial system, while also streamlining and strengthening the requirements for the President to remove Iran or any other country from the state sponsors of terrorism list. It also imposes new sanctions against Iran for its egregious human rights abuses.
The full text of the bill is available here.
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