30 Sep 2010 (Medya News) The Obama administration added more sanctions against Iranian government officials, members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and others accused by the United States of being responsible for human rights abuses.
The new set of sanctions announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, block the assets of, and prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business with, those on the list, which includes the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s prosecutor general, and the ministers of welfare and intelligence.
“This is the first time the United States has imposed sanctions against Iran based on human rights abuses,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a press conference with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
The executive order issued by Obama will freeze any US assets of the interior minister, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the prosecutor general, and the minister of intelligence.
The order targets Mohammad Ali Jafari, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC); Sadeq Mahsouli, current minister of welfare and security and former minister of the Interior; Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, current prosecutor general of Iran and former minister of intelligence; Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor-general of Tehran; Heydar Moslehi, minister of Intelligence; Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, current minister of the Interior and former deputy commander of the armed forces for law enforcement; Ahmad-Reza Radan, deputy chief of Iran’s National Police; and Hossein Taeb, current deputy IRGC commander for intelligence and former commander of the IRGC’s Basij Forces.
Among the Iranian opposition groups reacting to this new kind of sanctions, the Iranian Kurdish political party, PDKI in a statement welcomed such sanctions that directly targets right abusers in Iran “What separates this measure from others in the past and deserves praise is that the motives behind such an order is not Iran’s nuclear issue, rather, it is due to human rights violations and the repression against the people of Iran; furthermore, it is for the first time that a western country goes beyond criticism and condemnation in regards to Iran’s human rights violations and takes practical actions to punish the officials responsible.”
”The essence of this reprimand, even though it might not virtually force or make the regime of Islamic Republic to abandon human right violations or cruelty against its people, it is a step in the right direction to demonstrate that the issue of human rights violation in Iran can not be concealed and forgotten under the pretext of regime’s nuclear program.” The statement added.
The statement appeals to othr like-minded countries to follow suite and impose sanctions on Iranian human rights abusers.
There has been a drastic change in the new administration’s policy in regards to Iran, where the Obama administration refrained from supporting the mass protests following last year’s rigged elections.
The representative of this Kurdish party to the US had indicated in an interview with one of the Kurdish papers that the Obama policy towards Iran seems to be more successful than its predecessor’s.
Source: Medya News