Repression in Iran: After Washington, the EU wants new sanctions

Repression in Iran: After Washington, the EU wants new sanctions

Like new sanctions announced by Washington, the European Union said on Tuesday (October 4) it was considering “restrictive measures” to sanction the deadly crackdown on protests in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini more than a decade ago .

At least 92 people have been killed in Iran since September 16, according to Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), while authorities put the death toll at around 60, including 12 members of the security forces. Several hundred people were arrested and some were released.

Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died three days after her arrest for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, which requires women in particular to wear the veil.

His death sparked a wave of protests in Iran and solidarity rallies around the world.

After Canada and the USA, the European Union (EU) wants to impose sanctions “restrictive measures” the “Murder of Mahsa Amini” and repression of security forces, European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Tuesday (October 4).

France had previously said it was working within the EU to freeze assets and ban Iranian officials from traveling.

“Hypocrisy”

On Monday (October 3) the US President announced new sanctions against Tehran, which responded with flagellations “hypocrisy” by Joe Biden.

“This week the United States will impose additional costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters”warned Mr. Biden. “We will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable and support Iranians’ right to protest freely”.

He gave no indication of the planned measures against Iran, which is already hit by heavy American economic sanctions, largely related to its controversial nuclear program, which is also the subject of negotiations between Tehran and the western powers.

“Joe Biden should have thought a bit about his country’s human rights record before speaking about the humanitarian situation[in Iran]even if the hypocrisy doesn’t require deep reflection.”State Department spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Tuesday.

“The American President should rather worry about the (consequences) of numerous sanctions (…) against the Iranian nation, which clearly constitute an example of a crime against humanity.”he added.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had already accused Washington and Israel – another sworn enemy – of fomenting the biggest protest movement against soaring gas prices since 2019.

Iran: EU says suppression of demonstrations ‘unacceptable’

The EU decided on Sunday “Unjustified and Unacceptable” the usage “widespread and disproportionate violence” against protesters in Iran after nine days of protests over the death of a young woman in deputy police custody.

releases

On Tuesday, Tehran’s Attorney General Ali Salehi announced the release of 400 prisoners who had promised to do so “not to repeat their actions”, he told the Irna news agency. On the other hand, “For the rioters who (…) have disturbed the order and security of the people, there will be decisive and serious legal action without leniency.”he promised.

Singer Shervin Hajipour, who was arrested after his pro-protest song went viral, has been released on bail, an Iranian prosecutor said.

Authorities on Monday buried the body of a protester, Nika Shahkarami, 16, who disappeared in Tehran on September 20, according to reports by the BBC in Persian and the Iran Wire media. She was buried in secret to prevent her funeral from leading to a demonstration in her home village of Khoramabad near the Iraqi border, the sources said.

According to NGOs, a rally at a university in Tehran was severely suppressed in the night from Sunday to Monday. Riot police fired steel balls and tear gas at students who were singing “Woman, Life, Freedom”, “Students prefer death to humiliation”according to the Iranian agency Mehr.

Elsewhere in the country, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Balochistan, violence erupted on Friday (30 September) during a protest sparked by allegations that a police chief had raped a teenage girl.

At least 63 people have been killed by security forces in the provincial capital, Zahedan, according to a new report released Tuesday by the NGO IHR. Authorities claim that five members of the Iranian armed forces are dead.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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