Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria


Near East: Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria: Part 1
Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:16:41 -0500

Ambassador Posner:

It is no coincidence both Iran and Syria have responded to their citizens with similar contempt and brutal tactics. As the latter designation shows, we know that the Syrians have employed Iranian help in curbing dissent. This has exposed a strident hypocrisy on the part of the Iranian regime, which has tried unsuccessfully to take credit for democratic movements in Egypt and elsewhere and laud protesters when it suited its strategic interests, but has materially helped the Syrian government crush its own protestors in order to preserve their ally. The Iranian regime’s false narrative is further exposed even as the regime continues to smother its own domestic opposition.. Nevertheless, hundreds of brave Iranian citizens continue to engage in the most basic but critical of human rights work, documenting and reporting on abuses, with the hope that one day Iranian government officials will be held accountable for crimes they have committed against their fellow citizens.

Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Axis of Abuse:
U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria, Part 1

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
2:00 PM
Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
The Honorable Jeffrey D. Feltman
Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Michael H. Posner
Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
U.S. Department of State

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