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Obama Imposes Sanctions on 8 Iranian Officials

Iranian human rights activists scored a major victory Wednesday after President Obama signed an Executive Order that imposes sanctions on eight Iranian officials for human rights abuse. The order means the individuals would not be able to travel to the United States and their property or assets in the United States will be blocked.

The individuals include Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as Ahmadreza Radan, deputy chief of the police force, and Saeed Mortazavi, the former Tehran prosecutor general. All played major roles in the bloody crackdown against demonstrators last year during post-election rallies. Sadeq Mahsouli, the interior minister during the elections, who is a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the minister of intelligence last year and Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, the deputy commander of the Armed Forces are on the list.

This is the first time since the protests last summer and the brutal crackdown by the government that the United States has imposed targeted sanctions against Iranian officials involved in human rights abuse. Dozens were killed, thousands were arrested and many were tortured. Scores of activists and journalists remain in prison on vague charges such as acting against national security.

Iranian activists welcomed the measure but urged other countries to follow suit. The New York based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on Canada, United Arab Emirates and Europe, where Iranian officials tend to hold assets, to enforce the measure.

In another setback for Iran, Japan also announced today that it is planning to withdraw from Iran’s largest onshore oilfield, Azadegan, in compliance with the United Nations Sanctions against Iran. UN sanctions are aimed at pressing Iran to quit its controversial nuclear program.

Written by nazilafathi

September 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Human Rights