Kim sponsors bill to hold ‘sham’ Iran court responsible for human rights abuses

Rep. Young Kim

A bipartisan bill sponsored on May 31 by U.S. Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) would impose sanctions on the judges, prosecutors, and investigators of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Court, which is involved in sham trials, torture, and inhumane treatment and sentencing of Iranian protesters and political dissidents.

“As we see Iran sponsor terrorism around the world and increase aggression against our allies, the United States must push back and lead in promoting freedom and human rights,” Rep. Kim said. “I am proud to lead this bipartisan, common-sense bill and will fight to get this through the finish line.”

The congresswoman introduced the Targeting Oppressive Officers to Mitigate Abuse in the Iranian Judiciary (TOOMAJ) Act, H.R. 8586, with lead original cosponsor U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

The bill’s acronym represents Toomaj Salehi, an Iranian rapper and political dissident who was sentenced to death this month after detailing the torture he experienced under arrest for protesting the Iranian regime and being denied legal representation, according to information provided by Rep. Kim’s staff.

“Toomaj Salehi has used his platform to give a voice to the voiceless and bravely speak out against the Iran regime’s torture, abuse, and crackdown against the free will of the Iranian people. Unfortunately, he is just the latest victim of the regime’s cruelty,” said Rep. Kim. “The TOOMAJ Act allows us to stand side by side with Toomaj and other peaceful protestors demanding basic human rights and take targeted action against the Iran regime.”

If enacted, H.R. 8586 would codify that the United States views judgments issued by the Islamic Revolutionary Court against political prisoners as a violation of human rights, the information says.

“Toomaj Salehi was wrongfully sentenced to death by the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Iran. His crime? Calling for accountability for the Iranian regime through music,” Rep. Schiff said. “His courage and steadfast vision of human rights in Iran are an inspiration to us all and I am proud to join my colleagues in leading this bipartisan bill, which will help hold the Iranian regime responsible.”