The European Union (EU) expanded the sanctions imposed on Iran in line with the decisions taken at the Foreign Ministers meeting and added 29 more Iranian individuals and 3 organizations to the sanctions list. Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi was also included in the list.
EU Foreign Ministers expanded sanctions against Iran. The EU added 29 people and 3 organizations to the sanctions list due to human rights violations during the protests in Iran. The individuals and organizations added to the sanctions list are said to have played a role in the death of Mahsa Amini and violently suppressed the protests in Iran. Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, Iranian Cyber Police Chief Vahid Mohammad Naser Majid, Iranian Army Commander Kiyumars Heidari, some commanders of the Iranian Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and 4 members of the team that detained Amini were added to the sanctions list. The EU sanctioned Iranian state broadcaster Press TV for producing and broadcasting coerced confessions of detainees, an Iranian IT company and a foundation linked to the Bashij militia.
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The sanctions include travel bans, asset freezes and a ban on EU citizens and companies providing funds to the listed individuals and entities. The export of equipment to be used for repression and monitoring telecommunications in Iran is also banned.
“The European Union and its Member States condemn the widespread and disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters. This is unjustified and unacceptable. In Iran, as elsewhere, people have the right to peaceful protest and this right must be upheld in all circumstances. The EU calls on Iran to immediately stop the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, release those detained and ensure the free flow of information, including internet access. The EU also calls on Iran to clarify the number of dead and arrested, hold those responsible to account and provide due process to all detainees. The killing of Mahsa Amini must also be independently and transparently investigated and all those proven responsible for her death must be held accountable.”
The number of Iranian individuals and organizations sanctioned by the EU for human rights violations has reached 126 and 11 respectively.