The US condemns the tragic and brutal demise of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian lady who died within the custody of the Iranian Morality Police after being detained for purportedly carrying a hijab too loosely. We mourn together with her family members and with the Iranian individuals.
In response to this and different human rights violations in Iran—together with the violent suppression of peaceable protests—the US is imposing sanctions on Iran’s Morality Police and senior safety officers who’ve engaged in critical human rights abuses, pursuant to Govt Order 13553. The Morality Police, a component of Iran’s Legislation Enforcement Forces (LEF), arrests girls for carrying “inappropriate” hijab and enforces different restrictions on freedom of expression. The Treasury Division’s Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management (OFAC) is additional designating Haj Ahmad Mirzaei and Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, each of whom are senior officers within the Morality Police.
Moreover, OFAC is designating: Esmail Khatib, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence; Manouchehr Amanollahi, the LEF commander of the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province of Iran; Qasem Rezaei, the deputy commander of the LEF; KiyumarsHeidari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Military Floor Forces; and Salar Abnoush, the deputy commander of the Basij, a paramilitary militia and a subsidiary power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. These people have been all concerned within the suppression and killing of non-violent protestors.
The Iranian authorities wants to finish its systemic persecution of girls and permit peaceable protest. The US will proceed to voice our assist for human rights in Iran and maintain those that violate them to account.