The US on Thursday called for â€œimmediate releaseâ€ of all political prisoners in Iran, saying it was â€œdeeply concernedâ€ over imprisonment of thousands of people by the Iranian regime for engaging in peaceful protests.
â€œIranâ€™s regime claims to support democracy, but when its own people express their aspirations for better lives and an end to injustice, it once again shows its true brutal nature,â€ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
She said the US demands â€œimmediate releaseâ€ of all political prisoners in Iran, including the victims of the most recent crackdown.
The Trump administration, Sanders said, was â€œdeeply concernedâ€ by reports that the Iranian regime has imprisoned thousands of its citizens in the last week for protesting against the government.
â€œFurther reports that the regime has tortured or killed some of these demonstrators while in detention are even more disturbing.
â€œWe will not remain silent as the Iranian dictatorship represses the basic rights of its citizens and will hold Iranâ€™s leaders accountable for any violations,â€ she warned.
Sanders said the protesters in Iran are expressing legitimate grievances, including demanding an end to their governmentâ€™s oppression, corruption, and â€œwaste of national resources on â€œmilitary adventurismâ€.