Sun. Jun 23rd, 2024
Iran's Outrage Over Western Sanctions on Amini Death Anniversary

Iran’s Outrage Over Western Sanctions on Amini Death Anniversary

Iran’s Outrage Over Western Sanctions on Amini Death Anniversary

Iran has strongly criticized Western countries, especially the United States, for the “illegal” move to impose new sanctions on the country. The United States, along with Britain and the European Union, recently introduced a set of sanctions targeting several Iranian individuals and entities. These restrictions coincide with the first anniversary of the tragic death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, lost her life on September 16, 2022, after being arrested in Tehran for allegedly violating the strict dress code for women in the Islamic republic. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani issued a strong rebuke against Western countries, condemning their “illegal and undiplomatic actions.” He also condemned the “interventionist actions” and “hypocritical” show of support for the protest movement. Kanani cautioned European diplomats against engaging in such “unstructured behavior”, which he argued did not serve their interests.

US sanctions target key individuals and entities linked to Amini protests

The US sanctions focus on 25 Iranian officials, three media outlets and an internet censorship firm allegedly linked to Tehran’s handling of the protests that erupted after Amini’s tragic death. Most of the individuals targeted were regional commanders of Iran’s National Police Force and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Gholamali Mohammadi, the head of Iran’s prison organization, was also sanctioned, with the US Treasury Department accusing him of engaging in serious human rights abuses, including torture and rape.

UK, EU, Canada and Australia join sanctions against Iranian officials amid continued tensions

Britain’s sanctions targeted figures such as Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili and Tehran Mayor Alireza Zakani. The European Union added four Iranian officials to its blacklist. These restrictions were coordinated with Canada and Australia. Protests following Amini’s death last year resulted in significant casualties among both protesters and security forces and thousands of arrests, which Iran described as “riots” allegedly instigated by foreign governments.

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