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Congressional Tracker

Congress has taken numerous steps to advance human rights causes in Iran and encourage the Iranian regime to end the oppression of its people. Examples include:


  • Congressman Brad Sherman introduced the Iran Financial Sanctions Improvement Act of 2012 to expand sanctions relating to the energy sector of Iran, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by Iran, and human rights abuses in Iran, and for other purposes, March 8, 2012.
  • Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) introduced the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act to put further economic pressure on Iran’s leaders to abandon their illicit nuclear program and support for international terrorism to the Senate Banking Committee, January 30, 2012.


  • Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduce S. 1048, the Iran, North Korea and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011 which includes provisions that support human rights in Iran and target those responsible for human rights violations, May 25, 2011.
  • Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Howard L. Berman (D-CA) introduce H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act which seeks to close loopholes in current U.S. sanctions legislation and prevent human rights abuses in Iran, May 16, 2011.
  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing on Human Rights and Democratic Reform in Iran, May 11, 2011.
  • Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduce S.870, the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act, May 4, 2011.
  • Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Robert Dold (R-IL) introduce H.R. 1714, the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act, May 4, 2011.
  • Representative Robert Dold (R-IL) introduces H.RES. 134, condemning the Iranian government for its state-sponsored persecution of Iran's Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, March 1, 2011.
  • Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduces S.RES. 73, which calls for supporting democracy, universal rights and the Iranian people in their peaceful call for a representative and responsive democratic government, February 17, 2011.
  • Representative Bob Filner (D-CA) introduces H.RES. 94, which calls for an end to the violence, unlawful arrests and mistreatment of Iranian citizens, as well as the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Iran, February 15, 2011.
  • Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduces H.R. 440, which calls for the establishment of a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Minorities in Near East and South Asia, January 25, 2011.


  • Public Law No: 111-195, H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2009 is signed into law by President Barack Obama. The legislation requires the President to submit to Congress a list of individuals complicit in committing serious human rights abuses on or after June 12, 2009 to be subject to sanctions, July 1, 2010.