Mar 19, 2021
Press Release

On March 19, Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement on introducing the Iran Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2021:

“Today, I introduced the Iran Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2021, which stands with the people of Iran and their desire to live in freedom and with basic human rights. I am grateful for the support of Congressmen Jim Banks and Greg Steube on this legislation. This bill, introduced on the eve of the Iranian New Year of Nowruz, which marks the beginning of spring, may hopefully be the beginning of a new season for the people of Iran.

“We will never forget those lost during the crackdowns on peaceful protests, for which the regime is responsible. In any debate on U.S. policy towards Iran, the rights of people to live in peace and freedom should not be forgotten.”


The Iran Human Rights and Accountability Act:

  • Requires a determination on whether senior Iranian officials, including the Supreme Leader and senior ministers, meet the criteria for sanctions under the bipartisan Comprehensive Iran Sanctions and Divestment Act (CISADA) and an Executive Order by Former President Barack Obama sanctioning human rights violators in Iran
  • Makes it the policy of the United States to support democracy and human rights in Iran as well as the free flow of information into Iran, and hold the Iranian regime accountable for its human rights abuses against the people of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon
  • Requires a report into the wealth of the Supreme Leader of Iran including wealth obtained through corrupt or illicit activities
  • Requires a report into human rights abuses in Iran in response to human rights protests in 2017, including a list by province in city of local law enforcement forces responsible for the violent crackdown
  • Requires a determination into whether Iran and its militias have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity against Iranian people and the people of Syria