Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Iranian regime remains a threat to liberty, a threat to peace and a threat to stability in the region. Iran continues to support terrorism, to suppress all forms of free expression, violates human rights and seeks to build nuclear weapons that undermine the security of the United States and our allies in the region.

Iran’s supposed moderate leader, Hassan Rouhani, has presided over a repressive regime that has executed over 1,500 Iranians, frequently without affording them any due process of law. Iran also continues to use its murderous proxies in Iraq to attack Camp Liberty residents. I remain concerned that the government of Iraq and the U.N. made promises to Camp Liberty residents, but these promises have not been fulfilled. Hundreds of protective walls have not been installed, and many individuals at Camp Liberty lack the necessary medical attention they desperately need.

In Washington, I will continue to urge and pressure the State Department and the administration to push the Iraqi government and the U.N. to take immediate steps to protect these residents from future attacks and to safely relocate residents of Camp Liberty.

• Mrs. Ros-Lehtinen is a Republican House member from Florida and chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. The above is adapted and excerpted from remarks she delivered at the June 13 event in Paris.

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