This bill would impose property blocking sanctions and visa prohibitions on Iranian officials and entities found to be responsible for human rights abuses, censorship, corruption, or taking U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents as hostages as determined by the president. It would state that it’s U.S. policy not to pay ransom to secure the release of such hostages. The Secretary of State would be required to provide Congress with a strategy to put an end to Iranian hostage taking including attempting to extradite, try, and convict Iranian officials responsible.
The bill would also state that it’s U.S. policy to stand with the people of Iran who seek the opportunity to freely elect a government of their choosing and to increase the use of all available authorities to impose sanctions on Iranian officials responsible for human rights abuses. It would also express the sense of Congress that the administration should support Iranian desires for basic freedoms with better communication tools free from government suppression.