December 22, 2022
Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC, 20520
Cc: Jake Sullivan, National Security Council Advisor
Rep. Andy Kim, NJ - 3rd Congressional District
Sen. Linda M. Greenstein, Assistant Majority Leader (D-14)
Dear Secretary of State Blinken:
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Jina) Amini in Iranian custody on September 13 set into motion nationwide protests and strikes in at least 103 cities and towns across all thirty-one of Iran’s provinces, with scores of protesters killed and many more injured.
Thousands of brave citizens have been arrested, including journalists, activists and artists. A number of recent detainees are facing grave abuse and torture. Many more atrocities and human rights violations are likely being obscured by a government-imposed internet black out.
Robbinsville Township, in the State of New Jersey, County of Mercer, is in full support of any action undertaken by the United States that would help end the violence and systematic oppression being inflicted on peaceful Iranians. Furthermore, the Robbinsville Administration and Township Council stand in solidarity with the women of Iran during this ongoing and unacceptable human rights crisis, which reached another low point on December 14, 2022 when the Islamic Republic of Iran was removed from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the remainder of its 2022-2026 term.
Please continue to collaborate with President Biden, members of the State Department and the National Security Council, to stomp out the establishment and further advancement of authoritarianism not only in Iran, but throughout the world. The Iranian people need us.
David L. Fried
Mayor, Robbinsville Township