Iran: France wants to freeze assets and travel rights of Iranian officials

Iran: France wants to freeze assets and travel rights of Iranian officials

France is working within the European Union to enact an asset freeze and a travel ban on those responsible for Iran’s repression, the French diplomatic chief said on Tuesday. The aim is “to respond to repression by targeting those responsible for it,” stressed Catherine Colonna before MEPs during the Q&A session with the government.

“An impact on regime decision-makers”

“Such measures may affect regime decision-makers in Iran, as on the one hand they are dedicated to repression and on the other hand many of them are sending their children to the West to freeze their assets and freeze their travel rights,” she said.

Germany last week called for EU sanctions on Iran, where protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by vice squads for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, are being violently repressed, and obliges women in particular to to wear veils.

According to an NGO, at least 92 people have died since the protests began

“I am working within the EU to impose sanctions against those in Iran who kill women and shoot demonstrators in the name of religion,” wrote German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Twitter last Thursday. The United States has already unspecified new sanctions against Iran, where at least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights.

The Iranian authorities estimate the death toll at around 60, including 12 members of the security forces. Over a thousand people were arrested.


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