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EU forgets that it’s Presidents Day (hehehe) and sanctions 32 individuals and 2 entities under Iran human rights sanctions

Iran: EU imposes further restrictive measures against 32 individuals and two entities responsible for human rights violations

The Council today decided to impose restrictive measures on additional 32 individuals and two entities responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran.

Among the persons listed are the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Minister of Education, the deputy commander and spokesperson of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the co-founders of EU-listed Ravin Academymembers of the Iranian parliament supporting the violent crackdown, members of the policejudiciary in various parts of the country, and prison wardens and directors.

Today’s designations also target the Law Enforcement Forces (LEFCooperation Foundation and the Police Science and Social Studies Institute.

Restrictive measures now apply to a total of 196 individuals and 33 entities. They consist of an asset freeze, a travel ban to the EU and a prohibition to make funds or economic resources available to those listed. A ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications is also in place.

The European Union and its member states urge the Iranian authorities to stop the violent crackdown against peaceful protests, cease their resort to arbitrary detentions as a means of silencing critical voices and release all those unjustly detained.

The Union calls on Iran to end the practice of imposing and carrying out death sentences against protesters, reverse the death penalty sentences pronounced, as well as provide due process to all detainees.

These listings follow the Council’s decisions of 17 October, 14 November, 12 December and 23 January.

The relevant legal acts have been published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Council of the European Union Press Release

In case you were curious: it turns out that Presidents Day has multiple different proper spellings, depending on which writing style you follow. From the LA Times article:

Presidents Day. There are several correct ways to write this holiday, which falls on the third Monday in February. AP style says no apostrophe: Presidents Day. Chicago style writes it as plural possessive, with the apostrophe after the s: Presidents’ Day. But the federal government and some states now call it Washington’s Birthday. Take your pick.

LA Times excerpt


EU Press Release

Official Journal of the EU

Categories: Council of Europe EU Updates Human Rights Sanctions Iranian Sanctions Sanctions Lists


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