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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Representatives Sherman and Ros-Lehtinen Send Letter Urging Trump to Support Human Rights in Iran by Enforcing Sanctions


May 1, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump.  The letter urges President Trump to enforce a critical sanctions statute against companies that sell to Iran technology it needs to censor dissidents, disrupt protesters, and restrict the free flow of information.

In the wake of the 2009 protests against the Iranian government, Congressman Sherman helped lead the effort to enact Section 106 of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA).  Under Section 106, firms that sell certain sensitive technologies to Iran are subject to face government procurement restrictions within the United States.  However, to date, no firm has been sanctioned under this provision.

Sherman, Ros-Lehtinen, and eight of their colleagues write; “We believe that the United States should take a strong stance against those firms that assist the Iranian government in its efforts to suppress information and target protesters. Enforcement of Section 106 should, therefore, be a high priority for the United States. We request that you review recent activity by the Iranian government to monitor participants in the protests and/or suppress the free flow of information in Iran, determine which firms provided the technology needed for such activity, and sanction them.”

Representatives Sherman and Ros-Lehtinen are joined by eight colleagues including: Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R- FL), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX).

You can view the letter here.