Hight time for the Int’l community to reimpose sanctions in response to Iran’s human rights violations
Protests across Iran are expanding into the 82nd day of the country’s nationwide uprising following, the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman arrested by morality police in Tehran on September 13 for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code. The incident sparked widespread protests across Iran, reigniting the people’s desire to destabilize the regime. For the third time in fifteen years, the Iranian regime has faced unrest, but this time is different. For the first time, the mullahs’ regime in Tehran appears incapable of quelling the protests.
As a result, the contentious Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, has gained new detractors, and world powers have dropped it from their priority lists.
It was clear that when Biden took office in the White House, the regime’s leaders were delighted, believing that the JCPOA case would be resolved soon and that they would be able to benefit from its windfall concessions. Unfortunately for the regime, this did not occur.
Since April 2, 2021, when the first round of nuclear talks began virtually, the regime has tried to exploit and delay them as much as possible in order to reach an irreversible position to produce its first nuclear bomb. This precarious situation persisted for about 17 months until people’s protests shattered the regime’s dreams and changed all the equations in the JCPOA negotiations.
The European troika, like the US government, decided to follow suit. And, as a result of the regime’s hostility and stubbornness regarding its JCPOA demands, the regime’s human rights violations, and its support for Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, the European troika has demonstrated a willingness to side with the US rather than the regime. In practice, the JCPOA negotiations are over.
Meanwhile, the defeated regime attempted to use the Ukraine war to blackmail the EU into returning to the negotiating table by threatening them with a “harsh winter” due to an energy crisis.
Three months have passed, and it has become clear that, contrary to the regime’s expectations, it is the regime itself that will face a harsh winter.
Now is the time for world powers, particularly the US government, to initiate the “snapback” procedure at the UN Security Council in order to reimpose sanctions on the regime. Not only because of the regime’s violations of the JCPOA agreement but also because of its violations of human rights.
The Iranian people’s uprising, as a new parameter to the previous categories, has altered the current anti-regime sentiment. The end result is lethal isolation and impasse.