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From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.
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This is a favorable time to reseal the deal on the JCPOA. We call on the parties to close the gaps that have narrowed in subsequent rounds of talks in Vienna and agree to a process that brings the U.S. and Iran back into full compliance with the original bargain.
The National Iranian American Council signed onto the following letter from over 100 organizations urging the Biden administration to press for Israel to halt the illegal and forced displacement of Palestinian residents from Sheikh Jarrah, which precipitated the dangerous escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians that the world has witnessed this week. We condemn without reservation the violence from Israel’s armed forces, armed Palestinian groups like Hamas, and mob attacks that have targeted civilians along sectarian lines. Populations across the Middle East deserve peace and security, and only sincere diplomacy – not military escalation – can deliver it. We call on the Biden administration to immediately engage in more robust diplomacy, including a strong push for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, necessary to address the root causes of the cycles of violence across the region.
The pervasive effect of sanctions is evident in everyday life for Iranian Americans. Stories of account freezes and bank account closures for Iranian Americans have proven all too common. One of the financial institutions responsible for many of the complaints from our members is Venmo, which routinely reviews transactions involving words with connections to sanctioned states. It is often a painful reminder of how our community has been vilified in the United States that simply using certain words associated with Iran in a transaction description could be flagged for further review or cause accounts to be frozen.
Alireza Fazeli Monfared was only 20-years old and just beginning his adult life. Any life taken so violently is appalling, but the case of Alireza is tragic for so many reasons. That he died at the hands of his own family members, in a country that criminalizes him instead of protecting him, that he died so young, but most of all because he was killed for nothing more than being himself. Being gay is not a crime, it is a sickness or reason to feel ashamed. With Pride around the corner, the case of Alireza reminds us of the continued struggle for LGBTQ+ rights around the world. We must continue the fight not for tolerance, but for acceptance, and support our LGBTQ+ community so that they may live with the freedom and pride they deserve.
On May 1st, welcome news was reported of Arash Sadeghi’s release from prison in Iran, after serving nearly six years as a prisoner of conscience. Sadeghi is a well-known young activist in Iran who was arrested in 2016 on spurious charges such as “collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state,” which fits a disturbing pattern of repression by Iranian authorities against activists.
Presidential aspirants have begun registering with the Interior Ministry amid controversy over new criteria by the Guardian Council over who can run. Conservative and reformist analysts are debating who they think would fare best in the election, while the foreign ministry has confirmed talks with Saudi Arabia and says the U.S. accepts most of what Iran seeks in the Vienna talks.
This week, the IRGC’s top commander gave an interview talking about what he says are Israel’s security vulnerabilities. President Rouhani made promises that sanctions would be removed and Iranians vaccinated before the end of his term. Meanwhile, Khamenei strongly reprimanded Zarif and the Guardian Council set new restrictions on who can run for president.