MEK Iran: EU sanctions Iran over human rights abuses
EU sanctions elite Iran commander
The European Union has imposed sanctions on eight Iranian militia commanders and police chiefs, including the head of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, over a deadly crackdown in November 2019, the bloc said in its official journal.
The EU said on Monday, April 12, 2021, “Hossein Salami took part in the sessions that resulted in the orders to use lethal force to suppress the November 2019 protests. Hossein Salami, therefore, bears responsibility for serious human rights violations in Iran,”.
Mrs. Rajavi welcomed the EU’s decision
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) welcomed the European Union’s decision to impose restrictive measures on eight commanders of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the paramilitary Basij, the State Security Force (SSF), and those who ordered firing on protesters during the November 2019 uprising.
She said the Iranian Resistance has consistently stressed that Iran’s ruling mullahs only understand the language of decisiveness.
The need to designate the entire IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence
Mrs. Rajavi reiterated the need to designate the entire IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence, prosecute and expel their agents and mercenaries, and revoke mercenaries’ citizenship and refugee status in Europe.
Based on the experience of the past 40 years, Mrs. Rajavi said, these agents are not political refugees or ordinary citizens, but operatives and spies of the terrorist Quds Force and the clerical regime’s Intelligence Ministry.
Ali Khamenei personally ordered a brutal crackdown
Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
Imposed restrictive measures on IRGC’s Commander
The European Union on Monday, April 12, 2021, imposed restrictive measures on IRGC’s Commander-in-Chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, SSF Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Ashtari, Basij Mostazafan Commander Brig Gen. Gholamreza Soleimani, IRGC’s Ground Forces Commander, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour-Ziaei, SSF Special Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Hassan Karami, as well as the former head of Evin’s notorious Prison Gholamreza Ziaei, Khuzestan Corps Commander, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shahsavar, and Tehran’s Qods township Governor Leila Vaseghi, who ordered the shooting of protesters during the November 2019 uprising.
The European Union imposed sanctions Monday against eight Iranian militia commanders and security officials, including the commander in chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), over their role in a deadly crackdown on protests in 2019.
Why it matters:
It’s the first time the EU has sanctioned Iran for human rights abuses since 2013 and comes as the bloc looks to facilitate a U.S. return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Iran was shaken toward the end of 2019 by its deadliest political unrest since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 after protesters took to the streets across the country in response to an abrupt increase in gasoline prices.
- The Iranian government imposed an internet blackout and cracked down with brutal force, arbitrarily detaining thousands of protesters and killing more than 300, according to Amnesty International.
- Iranian officials told Reuters at the time that the death toll may have been as high as 1,500 after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei ordered his top security officials to “do whatever it takes” to quell the unrest.
Tags: Iran human rights, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Iran Uprising, IRGC, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI