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Violence Against Protesters: New EU Sanctions Against Iran

Status: 11/14/2022 9:53 pm

EU member states have imposed further economic sanctions against violence against peaceful protests in Iran. The new punitive measures target, among other things, the Revolutionary Guards’ inner circle of power.

The European Union has imposed new sanctions on Iran over serious human rights abuses. At a meeting in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the 27 member states unanimously decided on punitive measures against responsible individuals and organizations in Iran, several diplomats from the dpa news agency confirmed.

Specifically, 31 individuals and companies are said to have been affected by the punitive measures. Punitive measures include entry bans and freezing of assets within the EU.

Baerbach: “Human rights are inalienable”

Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach saw the new sanctions as a clear signal to the government in Tehran. “We are sending a new and clear signal to the Iranian regime: human rights are indivisible,” said the Green Party politician in Brussels. Those in charge in Iran believed they could repress, intimidate and kill people without consequence. “They can’t do that. It has consequences. And the world, Europe is watching,” Bayerbach insisted.

The minister confirmed that the new sanctions would particularly affect the Revolutionary Guards’ inner circle of power and their funding structures. We are taking further action. It is not just about reading political manifestos. Perbach said that for sanctions to be legally safe, a serious test is necessary. The legal situation is very complicated.

UN Human Rights Council addresses Iran

Baerbach also emphasized how important it is for Germany, along with 16 other countries, to put the situation in Iran on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “We look at those responsible for these human rights crimes and we hold them accountable.”

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The meeting is scheduled to take place in the week commencing November 21. The council’s 47 member states cannot impose economic sanctions, but can adopt a resolution condemning the violence and set up a mechanism to scrutinize the situation more closely.

Iran has criticized Germany

Iran has criticized Germany after new EU sanctions were imposed. “German officials should look at their own country’s history and human rights history when it comes to arming an aggressive regime against Iran. Germany is not in a position to blame Iran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Khanani said. media. He did not say which state. Tehran views Israel and the United States as arch-enemies, with Saudi Arabia as a regional rival. The spokesman said the sanctions would not affect Iran.

Kanani further announced that the Foreign Ministry has summoned Germany’s ambassador to Tehran. Sources in the Central Foreign Office in Berlin confirmed this. Kanani explained the involvement of German citizens in the protests that have been going on in Iran for several weeks.

First set of economic sanctions against “moral policing”.

The sanctions were prompted by the brutal crackdown on protests after the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahza Amini. According to human rights activists, 15,000 protesters have been arrested so far. The government in Tehran did not confirm these figures, but gave nothing else. At least 326 people were killed, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR).

In mid-October, the European Union decided on the first set of sanctions because of what is happening in Iran. It was directed against the Iranian “moral police” and a dozen people and organizations. At the time, members of the Basij militia, which the EU held responsible for the deaths of several demonstrators, were admitted.

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In addition to sanctions for human rights abuses, the European Union recently imposed new sanctions on Iran for its support of Russia’s war against Ukraine.