November 14, 2022

Duckworth Condemns Iranian Government Response to Peaceful Protests


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Subcommittee on Airland, released a statement after news outlets reported that thousands of Iranian protesters could be put to death. Protesters have taken to the streets for weeks following the horrific, unjustified killing of Mahsa Amini in September.

“The United States continues to stand behind the people of Iran—especially the women who have shown incredible bravery in taking to the streets to peacefully protest for their rights—and against the Iranian government’s inhumane crackdown of protestors simply seeking basic human rights, dignity and freedom. We cannot look away as the regime continues its campaign of intimidation, torture and even killing of innocent civilians—we must continue to send a strong message that there are consequences for these atrocities and I’m glad our international partners have joined us in sanctioning Iran over their malign actions against peaceful protesters. I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure the Iranian government is held accountable for the human rights abuses it is perpetrating against its people and that women everywhere are able to exercise their basic rights.”