The following resolution was presented at the June 26, 2009 Los Angeles City Council meeting's Presentation & Proclamations segment, which was adopted unanimously by the members of the Council.
The positive outcome of this resolution is the result of the efforts of many Iranian-Americans who have worked diligently on this matter at the City of Los Angeles, in order for it to be considered and now acknowledged by the City Council.
Everyone is encouraged to work on similar efforts within their local governments, in an attempt to continue raising awareness and demanding support towards the human rights issues related to the people of Iran.
WHEREAS, any official position of the City of Los Angeles with respect to legislation, rules, regulations or policies proposed to or pending before a local, state or federal governmental body or agency must have first been adopted in the form of a Resolution by the City Council with the concurrence of the Mayor; and
WHEREAS, all human beings have the right to fair treatment by their government; and
WHEREAS, Iran has recently undergone a national election process which has resulted in mass demonstrations and challenges; and
WHEREAS, the Iranian people have utilized internet social networking programs to share photographs, videos, and first hand accounts of violent government response to peaceful protestors; and
WHEREAS, currently pending in Congress is a Resolution, H. Res. 560 I S. Res. 193 expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law; and
WHEREAS, this legislation also condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the Government of Iran and pro-government militias, as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the Internet and cellphones; and
WHEREAS, this legislation also affirms the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections; and
WHEREAS, Los Angeles has a large community of residents of Iranian origin as well a a long-established sister city relationship with Tehran, Iran;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2009-2010 Federal Legislative Program support for H. Res. 560 I S. Res. 193, expressing support for all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law.
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