US, UK, and Canada Impose New Sanctions on Iran After Death of Kurdish Woman in Custody
The United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada have imposed additional sanctions on Iran ahead of the one-year anniversary of the death of Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. Amini died on September 16, 2022, while in Iran’s morality police custody after being arrested for allegedly violating the country’s mandatory dress code. Her death sparked widespread anti-government protests that faced a violent crackdown from Iranian authorities.
In response to the suppressive actions taken by the Iranian regime, the US, UK, and Canada, along with the European Union, have decided to impose more sanctions on Iran. These sanctions come after multiple rounds of measures that were previously announced against Iran. The international community has condemned the violent crackdown on protests that followed Amini’s death.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, stated that Mahsa’s tragic and senseless death had ignited demonstrations across Iran, which were met with extreme violence, mass arrests, internet disruptions, and censorship by the Iranian regime. Blinken also emphasized the commitment of the US and its partners to hold accountable those responsible for suppressing the human rights of Iranians.
The US Treasury Department, in a separate statement, revealed that it had imposed sanctions on more than two dozen individuals and entities connected to Iran’s violent suppression of protests. The targets included key members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Law Enforcement Forces (LEF), as well as the head of Iran’s Prisons Organizations. Additionally, officials associated with Iran’s internet blockade and several media outlets were also sanctioned.
The UK, on its own, announced sanctions against senior Iranian decision-makers responsible for enforcing Tehran’s mandatory hijab law. The targeted individuals included Iran’s minister for culture and Islamic guidance, his deputy, the mayor of Tehran, and an Iranian police spokesman.
Similarly, Canada unveiled its fourteenth sanctions package against Iran, listing restrictions on six individuals, including members of the IRGC and the Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed that more sanctions would be imposed on Iran in the coming days. He highlighted that the US would continue to sanction Iran’s actions, whether it be related to human rights violations or its involvement in providing weapons to Russia that are used against Ukrainian civilians.
The US has previously taken action against the supply of Iranian drones to Russia due to concerns over Iranian-Russian military cooperation and their use in the conflict with Ukraine.
In summary, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada are imposing new sanctions on Iran in response to the death of Mahsa Amini and the subsequent violent crackdown on protests. These measures aim to hold accountable those responsible for suppressing the human rights of Iranians. The international community stands united in condemning such actions and will continue to take collective action against those who violate basic norms of human rights.