EU imposes new sanctions on Iran

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The announcement of new sanctions came after Iran executed a second protester on Monday   

The European Union´s foreign ministers on Monday, December 12, announced a new set of sanctions to be imposed on Iran.

According to a report by DW, sanctions have been imposed both against individuals and organizations over human rights abuses in the country.  The new set of sanctions have been announced at a time when Iran executed a second protester named Majidreza Rahnavard on Monday.  

“We are targeting those responsible for this continued repression against protesters”, said Josep Borrell EU foreign policy chief, in a statement cited in the report. He further added, “Also there is the support of Tehran to Russia and responding to the delivery of Iranian drones to Russia”.  

As Russia has been purchasing drones from Iran to attack Ukraine, the EU has also decided to put eight drone manufacturers along with Iran´s aircraft commanders in the blacklist, the report said.  

A statement released by the EU ministers in the report said, “These weapons provided by Iran are being used indiscriminately by Russia against Ukrainian civilian population and infrastructure causing horrendous destruction and human suffering.”   

The new sanctions target top Iranian security officials as well as a hardline cleric, the report said. Aside from them, the state broadcasting agency, – the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has also been targeted for airing forced confessions of detainees on live television. Sanctions have also been filed against the broadcast agency´s director and a news anchor.  

The protests in Iran started after the death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, Jina Mahsa Amini happened in September. Amini died in police custody after being detained for not wearing a headscarf and allegedly violating the Islamic dress code in the country.

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