WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement marking one year since the beating and murder of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the Iranian regime.
“Today marks one year since the brutal beating and murder of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the regime in Tehran and its thuggish enforcers. Her death was, and remains, a tragedy – and her murderers’ names will be forever written in the blackest pages of history.
“But rather than let her death be the final word, the Iranian people stood up and showed the world true courage. From Tehran to Mahabad to Isfahan, Iranian women and men took to the streets marching for their fellow citizens, for their lives, and for their freedom — they protested across more than 133 cities, and throughout every province. Even as the regime intentionally blinded protesters, even as police used live ammunition, and even as it issued death sentences against its own people, Iranians marched day after day, risking intimidation, violence, imprisonment, and death.
“And the international community owes it to them to never let the regime get away with the crimes committed during its brutal crackdown. It owes them our full-throated support as the regime continues to repress the Iranian people to this very day because their bravery is nothing short of inspiring.
“Zan Zendagi Azadi. Jin Jiyan Azadi. Today, tomorrow, and always.”