The US imposed economic sanctions on the moral police of Iran after the death in custody of Mahsa Aminia 22-year-old arrested for allegedly wearing the veil inappropriately.
The US Treasury Department said the morality police were “responsible” for Amini’s death and justified the sanctions with “the abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters”.
Washington took action after sanctions erupted Violent protests across Iranwhich left a balance of 17 people died. Protesters burned veils and denounced the persecution they are being subjected to by the government.
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Amini, a young Iranian woman of Kurdish origin, was arrested by the National Police’s Public Morality Unit.
“Mahsa Amini was a courageous woman whose death in police custody was another act of brutality against her own people by the Iranian regime’s security forces,” said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
“We condemn this unscrupulous act in the strongest possible terms and call on the Iranian government to do the same End your violence against women and its violent repression of freedom of expression and assembly,” he said in a statement.
Similarly, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “the Iranian government must end its systematic persecution of women and allow peaceful protest“.
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In a statement, he added that “the United States will continue to express its support for human rights in Iran and will hold accountable those who violate them.”
The Treasury also imposed sanctions on Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, head of morality police, Haj Ahmad Mirzaei, head of Tehran’s morality police department, and five other senior security officials involved in cracking down on protesters.
Treasury sanctions are sought Freeze Assets which the agents may have under the jurisdiction of the United States and ban made by any US person or US corporation, including international banks with branches in the country business with themthereby restricting their access to global financial networks.
Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights said at least 31 civilians were killed in a crackdown by Iranian security forces in six nights of violence.
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