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Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

House Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

             7      Cosponsor:Curtis S. Bramble              8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for
             12      the People of Iran's struggle for freedom.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    declares that the people of Utah stand with the Iranian people in their struggle for
             16      freedom, justice, peace, and prosperity for Iran; and
             17          .    calls on the United States Government, the international community, and the
             18      Islamic world to support the Iranian people by defending their democratic rights.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             23          WHEREAS, the American people recognize and support the Iranian people in their
             24      century-long struggle for democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights;
             25          WHEREAS, the government of the Islamic Republic's crackdowns on democracy,
             26      support for terrorism, and pursuit of nuclear weapons pose a grave threat to the Iranian people
             27      as well as the security of the United States, Israel, and their allies in the Persian Gulf;
             28          WHEREAS, since its establishment in 1979, the government of the Islamic Republic of

             29      Iran has engaged in numerous criminal and terrorist acts, including the arbitrary and unlawful
             30      judicial murder of thousands of Iranian political and religious dissidents as well as minors and
             31      juveniles;
             32          WHEREAS, the Islamic Republic has also established a system of religious apartheid in
             33      which Iranian women are treated as second class citizens, and Iran's minorities are persecuted
             34      for exercising their freedom of religion;
             35          WHEREAS, in 2009, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran staged a
             36      presidential election that was marred by fraud and violence in which President Mahmoud
             37      Ahmadinejad dismissed millions of Iranian voters demanding free and fair elections as "dust
             38      and dirt";
             39          WHEREAS, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, sanctified the rigged election by
             40      equating the fundamentals of religion with fraud, force, terrorism, and tyranny;
             41          WHEREAS, since the fraudulent elections, grieving mothers and families searching for
             42      missing relatives and demanding the release of political prisoners have been denied justice;
             43          WHEREAS, there has been a dramatic surge in death sentences carried out by the
             44      government of the Islamic Republic of Iran despite United Nations' calls for a moratorium on
             45      executions;
             46          WHEREAS, there has been a systematic crackdown on students, scholars, workers,
             47      teachers, clerics, and journalists for exercising their freedoms of speech and assembly;
             48          WHEREAS, the American and Iranian people have been and remain steadfast friends
             49      and allies;
             50          WHEREAS, over the past century, the American people's support for Iran's political
             51      and economic independence enabled the Iranian government to end the Soviet occupation of
             52      Northern Iran and led to the peaceful withdrawal of the Red Army from Iran in the aftermath of
             53      the Second World War;
             54          WHEREAS, the United States played a pivotal role in Iran's economic development
             55      from 1946 to 1979, and American aid and assistance helped the Iranian people's efforts to
             56      eradicate poverty, famine, disease, and illiteracy;

             57          WHEREAS, Iranian-Americans have emerged as a vital and vibrant force in American
             58      political, economic, and civic life;
             59          WHEREAS, successive American presidents and statesmen have stood by the Iranian
             60      people in their struggle for justice, democracy, peace, and prosperity;
             61          WHEREAS, the Iranian people's call for democracy and freedom has helped to light the
             62      torch of hope, liberty, dignity, and justice not only in Iran but throughout the Middle East and
             63      the Islamic world; and
             64          WHEREAS, the liberation of humankind from under the yoke of fascism, communism,
             65      and other false ideologies that elevate the state above the individual depends on the moral
             66      conviction of free people everywhere to reject oppression, slavery, tyranny, and terrorism:
             67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             68      Governor concurring therein, declare that the people of Utah stand with the people of Iran in
             69      their struggle for freedom, justice, peace, and prosperity for Iran, and reaffirm the bonds of
             70      friendship between the people of Utah and the people of Iran.
             71          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor call on the
             72      government of the United States, as well as the international community and the Islamic world,
             73      to support the Iranian people by defending the democratic right of the Iranian people to choose
             74      their own government through free and fair elections, demanding that Iran's supreme leader
             75      recognize and respect the sovereignty of the Iranian people and that he cease abusing his
             76      religious and political standing by rigging elections and equating fraud and force with the
             77      fundamentals of religion and democracy, to protect Iran's civil society by demanding that the
             78      Iranian judiciary end the arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, and execution of Iranian citizens for
             79      defending the right to elect their own government, determine their own destiny, and exercise
             80      their freedom of religion, to prevent Iran's leaders from using proceeds from the sale of oil to
             81      arm and finance private militias, terrorist groups, and other extremists responsible for
             82      committing acts of terrorism against the Iranian people as well as the United States and its
             83      allies in the Middle East, to deny Iran's leaders the capacity to hold the Iranian people and the
             84      rest of the world hostage by developing nuclear weapons and engaging in nuclear blackmail,

             85      and to help facilitate the Iranian people's struggle to transform Iran into a bastion of democracy,
             86      prosperity, and peace in the region.
             87          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             88      the United States, the United States Secretary of State, the Secretary General of the United
             89      Nations, the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the
             90      chairman of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, and to
             91      the members of Utah's congressional delegation.

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