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EU sanctions Iranian security officials, including powerful IRGC chief, for human rights violations

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In the framework of its annual review of the EU’s Iran human rights sanctions regime, the EU announced Monday that it has issued sanction against eight Iranian security officials, including the chief of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ([IRGC)  and three entities over the violent response to the demonstrations in November 2019.

The eight people have been added to a sanctions that now comprises a total of 89 individuals and 4 entities.

‘’The Council today decided to extend its restrictive measures responding to serious human rights violations in Iran until 13 April 2022. These measures consist of a travel ban and an asset freeze, and a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications,’’ an EU statement said.

The sanctions to be imposed on Iran are taken in the framework of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime established by the Council of Ministers in December.

Since then, the EU has made use of this sanctions regime, modeled ater the U.S. Magnitsky Act, against China, North Korea, Libya, Russia, South Sudan and Erithrea.

Under this Sanctions Regime, the listed individuals and entities are subject to an asset freeze in the EU. In addition, listed individuals are subject to a travel ban to the EU and EU persons and entities are prohibited from making funds available, either directly or indirectly, to those listed.

The move to impose asset freezes and visa bans, including on the IRGC head, comes as the EU plays a mediation role between Iran and the U.S., as coordinator of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear deal.

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