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Six years after the conclusion of the JCPOA, the U.S. and Iran are at a critical inflection point. A swift, compliance-for-compliance return appears to still be on the table and can be concluded with sufficient political will. Unfortunately, the parties risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by failing to reach the finish line.
Trump and his Muslim ban are gone, but the damaging impact lingers on for many. This includes thousands of individuals selected for diversity visas during the Trump administration who were blocked from securing their promised visa by the Muslim ban and other Trump immigration orders. However, the fight for justice has continued, with the House Appropriations committee passing two recent amendments to rectify the issue. Read the latest developments around the Diversity Visa then join us in taking action and urging Congress to make visas available to those blocked by Trump’s bans.
While Raisi’s legacy remains to be seen, the panelists’ comments made it clear that Iran is currently at a crossroads in many ways. It faces severe disaffection and outrage over the election, a severe economic crisis, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As Khuzestan enters its seventh day of protests over devastating water shortages, Iranian security forces continue to crackdown brutally on protestors and throttle internet speed to cover up their blatant human rights violations and intimidate their already-suffering population. NIAC unequivocally denounces the actions of the Iranian government in repressing the protests in Iran and implores the Iranian government to halt the violence, honor their basic human rights commitments and provide their citizens with necessities like clean water and electricity.
Protests over a water shortage crisis have erupted across Khuzestan province. Videos on social media show authorities clamping down with force, with several protestors having been confirmed killed. Meanwhile, the Rouhani administration’s spokesperson blames an Iranian law for preventing a deal in Vienna, while another government official blames the United States. Iran is also experiencing another wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry this week released a report outlining what it says is a framework agreement reached on the JCPOA in Vienna. Rouhani has said this agreement was reached in March and that sanctions on Iran could have been lifted months ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has alleged the Iranian government has tried to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad.