Tedisco, Ball Condemn Violence in Iran

Assemblymen push legislative resolution on behalf of Iranian people who struggle for freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the protection of the rule of law
June 22, 2009
Assemblymen James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady/Saratoga) and Greg Ball (R,I,C-Patterson) today drafted a legislative resolution supporting the citizens of Iran and condemning the Iranian government’s violent response to those demonstrating against the election results.

“The current disregard for an open, democratic process in Iran serves to remind us all of the even greater turmoil in that nation’s government, which poses a significant threat to the stability of the entire region. As one of the most dominate nations in the Middle East, the Iranian government has a responsibility to listen to its citizens, and to all those throughout the region, who are working toward and seeking democracy,” said Assemblyman Tedisco.

Assemblyman Ball stated, “All Americans should be horrified by the news coming out of Iran. This is not the time to be politically correct about freedom or human rights, when communicating to the world. As Americans we sleep and wake, assured that we are protected by freedoms that still have yet to be guaranteed to the people of other nations, even in the 21st century. The most recent image of a young female protester, shot and left to die in the street, rips my heart out. This should be a jarring reminder to all Americans that freedom is not free. This President and this Congress must make it clear that the protesters have natural born, unalienable rights to demand an open and accountable government and a truly democratic election process.”

The Assemblymen are asking the Speaker to bring this resolution to the floor for a vote and their colleagues to join them in adopting it. The resolution, drafted jointly by Tedisco and Ball, expresses their support of the people of Iran. Further, it condemns the violent reaction of the Iranian government as well as declares free, fair elections and non-violent conflict resolution should be sought for the sake of human rights worldwide.