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EU and Canada impose human rights-related sanctions on Iranian officials and state groups


the outpouring of sanctions from multiple Western governments could indicate a broader shift in policy.


The Canadian government imposed new sanctions on 17 individuals and three other entities suspected of being directly involved in the attempted suppression of protests that have been ongoing for the past month since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being assaulted by “morality police.”

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Iran: Mullahs’ Missed Diplomatic Endeavor

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Misusing the coronavirus crisis, the Iranian regime tries to either ease or lift the international economic sanctions.

Iran’s coronavirus crisis activated the latter’s diplomacy in an unprecedented manner. The mullahs orchestrated a considerable diplomatic campaign aimed at lifting, if possible, or weakening, as a minimum, of International sanctions mostly defended by the US administration against their regime.

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MEK Iran: Regime on Verge of Collapse as Anniversary of 1979 Revolution Approaches

Iran one year after

Iran Protests, sanctions, disaster economy, and low troop morale is crippling mullahs’ regime

February marks the 41st anniversary of the 1979 Revolution and subsequent rise to power of the mullahs’ regime in Iran. The clerical regime stages rallies and events every year in a transparent attempt to boost morale and gloss over the country’s growing international isolation.

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MEK Iran: Iranian Regime’s Increasing Isolation

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One crisis after the other is taking the regime further and further into a black hole that it cannot get out of.

As time goes on, the Iranian regime is finding itself more and more isolated from the rest of the region and from the rest of the world. No matter what the Iranian regime does, it cannot seem to move forward without coming up against another obstacle.

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US Treasury Dept sanctions Iranian top officials

US Sanctions on Iran Major Boost for Iranian Resistance

US Treasury Dept sanctions Iranian top officials

US Treasury Dept sanctioned Iranian top officials on November 4, 2019

On  4th November, the government of the United States announced that it was issuing fresh sanctions against a number of high-level officials in Iran. The US Department of the Treasury announced the news on the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis in which the US Embassy in Tehran was stormed in 1979. The standoff lasted 444 days and 52 American citizens and diplomats were held hostage during this time.

The US Treasury Department announced that the sanctions would affect Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals that are linked to the country’s Supreme Leader – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It said that the sanctions are part of an effort to “block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Ali Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world”.

One of the concerned individuals is former presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi who currently serves the regime as head of the judiciary.

It has also been rumored that a number of American senators are calling for further sanctions against the regime.

These latest sanctions are highly significant because of who is targeted. Raisi was part of a so-called “death commission” during the 1988 massacre – one of the most horrific crimes against humanity in recent times in which more than 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members and supporters of Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/Iran), lost their life. He personally decided the fate of numerous political prisoners who were extrajudicially murdered following a fatwa that was issued by the Supreme Leader at the time.


For the first time ever, the 1988 massacre has become the direct subject of sanctions imposed on Iran. This is a major boost to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the entire Iranian Resistance movement that has been calling for justice for the victims of this terrible crime against humanity. Years of appeasement have allowed the regime to enjoy impunity for this entire time.

The US Treasury Department also emphasized the regime’s warmongering and acts of terror across the region and beyond. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said: “Today the Treasury Department is targeting the unelected officials who surround Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and implement his destabilizing policies. These individuals are linked to a wide range of malign behaviors by the regime, including bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killings, and repression of civilians. This action further constricts the Supreme Leader’s ability to execute his agenda of terror and oppression.”

The US authorities also pointed to Iran’s meddling in Iraq, saying that the regime’s destructive policies are highly concerning.

For years, many countries have led policies of appeasement towards Iran. This has done nothing more than embolden the regime and the United States’ move to hold the regime accountable for its actions is long overdue.

For many of the more worrying aspects of the regime’s behavior to be addressed directly through sanctions is positive and one can only hope that other countries follow suit.

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Key Figure in the Massacre of MEK Members Listed by US

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Monday, November 4, 2019, the US Treasury sanctioned top officials of Iranian regime including the son of the Supreme leader and Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran’s Judiciary and a key member of the Death Commission in 1988 sending 30,000 MEK members to gallows

On Monday the US Treasury imposed sanctions, on the Iranian regime’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals, including Ebrahim Raissi, a key figure in the Death Commission responsible for the execution of 30,000 MEK members in 1988. As the US Treasury statement says, these individuals “are appointees of, or have acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader whose office is responsible for advancing Iran’s radical agenda.”

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury took the action to “block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Ali Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world.”

“Specifically, the action targets Ali Khamenei’s appointees in the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Expediency Council, the Armed Forces General Staff, and the Judiciary,” according to the statement released by the OFAC.

This sanction coincides with the 40th anniversary of the seizing by Iranian thugs of the US embassy in Tehran, taking more than fifty Americans hostage for 444 days.

Steve Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary, said:

“These individuals are linked to a wide range of malign behaviors by the regime, including bombings of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killings, and repression of civilians. This action further constricts the Supreme Leader’s ability to execute his agenda of terror and oppression,”

The individuals who have been sanctioned include: Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s Judiciary and a key member of the Death Commission in 1988 sending 30,000 MEK members and supporters to gallows, Mojtaba Khamenei, the son of Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader,; Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, the Supreme Leader’s Chief of Staff; Vahid Haghanian, an executive deputy for Ali Khamanei; Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader; Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel, a member of the Expediency Council and also an advisor to Ali Khamenei; Mohammad Bagheri, chief of the Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS); IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan, military aide to the Supreme Leader for the Defense Industries and Armed Forces Logistics; and Gholam Ali Rashid, an IRGC commander, who was appointed by the Supreme Leader as the commander of the Khatam al-Anbia Central Headquarters, the most important military headquarters in Iran.

The Treasury statement reads:

“Today, OFAC designated Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s Judiciary, who was appointed by the Supreme Leader in March 2019. OFAC designated the former head of Iran’s Judiciary Sadegh Amoli Larijani Larijani in January 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13553 for his administrative oversight over the executions of individuals who were juveniles at the time of their crime and the torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in Iran, including “According to a United Nations report, Iran’s Judiciary sanctioned the execution of seven child offenders last year, and two so far in 2019, despite human rights law prohibitions against the death penalty for anyone under age 18. There are at least 90 child offenders currently on death row in Iran.” amputations.”

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The U.S. Treasury department sanctions Javad Zarif

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

The U.S. Treasury department sanctions Javad Zarif

The U.S. Department of Treasury imposed new sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif-for acting for the Supreme Leader of Iran July 31, 2019

The United States Treasury Department announced on Wednesday the addition of regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Specially Designated Nationals List. The designation and its accompanying sanctions will prohibit Zarif from entering the U.S. or using the U.S. financial system.

Statement from the Treasury Department

According to the Treasury Department statement, the designation was made “because Zarif acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin cited specific actions taken by Zarif that warranted the designation in the statement:

“Javad Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world.  The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “At the same time the Iranian regime denies Iranian citizens’ access to social media, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spreads the regime’s propaganda and disinformation around the world through these mediums.”

The statement also notes Zarif’s role in attempting to interfere with U.S. elections:

“Zarif’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its high ranking officials have engaged in and funded efforts to influence elections, some of which have involved the IRGC-QF.  Additionally, senior officials of Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought to facilitate the release of two IRGC-QF operatives from a foreign country by making payments to foreign judiciary officials.”

The MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have repeatedly called for sanctions against regime President Hassan Rouhani, Javad Zarif, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the IRGC, and the MOIS because of their terrorist activities in the Middle East and abroad.

Maryam Rajavi’s Earlier Statements

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi stressed the need for sanctions against Zarif in several speeches this summer, which she then tweeted for further emphasis.

Int’l gathering at Ashraf 3 – June 29, 2019:

Blacklisting the corrupt & vicious core of the regime, the Office of Ali Khamenei, which took place after a 3-decade delay, has been welcomed by the Iranian public. The blacklisting must be extended to Hassan Rouhani [and Javad Zarif].

Message to Iranians’ rally in London– July 27, 2019:

We urge Britain, Europe & all states to stop accommodating the mullahs. Do not help them scale down the sanctions. Stand up to them. Place the IRGC, the MOIS, Khamenei’s office,Hassan Rouhani [& Javad Zarif] on the terror list.

Reaction from the Iranian Resistance

The MEK and the Iranian Resistance sees the sanctions against Zarif as a positive step toward holding the regime accountable for its actions.

Mohammed Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, tweeted in response to the designation:

Zarif & his ministry’s role is to justify suppression, the export of terrorism & warmongering. He boasts being a friend to Ghassem Soleimani, Bashar Assad & Hassan Nasrollah. His ministry along with Khamenei’s office, Rouhani  &MOIS must be included in the terrorist list. #Iran

Shahin Gobadi, Spokesman for the MEK, also responded favorably to the news:

Placing Zarif in the sanctions list is a positive step. His mission has been to justify the regime’s atrocities against the people of #Iran including the 1988 massacre and the mullahs’ export of terrorism and belligerence. Time to impose sanctions on Rouhani #FreeIran

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Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

Trump Announces Latest Round of Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader and Senior Regime Officials


Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

THe president of the U.S., issued a new executive order, sanctioning the Iranian regime’s supreme leader-June 24, 2019

In the latest round of sanctions, the Trump administration is targeting the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

On Monday, June 24, US President Donald Trump announced fresh sanctions against the Iranian regime following the downing of a US drone last Thursday.

Addressing Iranian Aggression

President Trump told reporters that the sanctions were a response to Iranian regime aggression but would have happened anyway due to the regime’s increasing hostility in the region.

Last week, the US released a video that it claims show regime forces removing unexploded ordinance from the hull of a Japanese oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration believes the regime was behind two attacks on international tankers.

The sanctions will, he said, “deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”

He added: “We call on the regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its destructive behavior, respect the rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.”

The new sanctions are the latest moves from the Trump administration designed to limit the regime’s inflow of cash. In April, Trump and his cabinet announced the designation of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terror organization (FTO). The listing cut off international support for the repressive organ, limiting its ability to accept assistance, support, and counsel from international citizens or companies.

In May, Trump also reintroduced sanctions against the regime’s petrochemical industry. He ordered countries to stop importing Iranian oil in an attempt to bring the regime to the negotiating table.

Tough Diplomacy

Senior figures inside the Iranian regime criticized the move. The Iranian Foreign Secretary, Javad Zarif, who was one of the names the Trump administration announced would be subject to sanctions, denounced the decision over Twitter.

In a post, he accused Trump and his advisors of despising diplomacy and having a “thirst for war.” Under the new sanctions, Zarif and others will be excluded from the US financial system and their assets in the US.

The rest of the eight officials include senior figures in the Army, Navy, IRGC, and Iranian aerospace industry.

The White House also revealed that the sanctions could be extended to anybody who has business ties to the named officials. “Anybody who conducts significant transactions with these sanctioned individuals may be exposed to sanctions themselves,” it said in a statement.

Welcomed by the Opposition

The Iranian opposition welcomed the announcement. President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavicalled the decision “spot on” and “most impressive”. She urged the US government to consider adding the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) to its list of foreign terrorist groups as well.

The MOIS was behind a string of planned terror attacks on European soil in 2018, including a plan to detonate a car bomb at an opposition-organized event in Paris last summer.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also welcomed the announcement of the latest sanctions. He called the move an “imperative step.”

“Khamenei & his office are the primary center of execution, torture, suppression, the export of terrorism & warmongering,” he added. “It is the source of theft, embezzlement, corruption, poverty & unemployment,” and “holds the key to the nuclear weapons program.”

He echoed Ms. Rajavi’s calls for blacklisting the MOIS.

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The U.S. Treasury department Sanctions Iran's Petrochemical

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Largest Petrochemical Company for Financing the IRGC

The U.S. Treasury department Sanctions Iran's Petrochemical

U.S. Department of Treasury Sanctions Iranian regime’s Largest Petrochemical Holding Group and Vast Network of Subsidiaries and Sales Agents-June 7, 2019

The United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is imposing sanctions against Iran’s largest petrochemical holding group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), because of its financial support to Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters (Khatam al-Anbiya), the engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to a Friday press release from the Treasury Department.

PGPIC’s 39 subsidiary petrochemical companies and foreign sales agents will also fall under the new sanctions. PGPIC and its subsidiaries control 40 percent of Iran’s petrochemical production capacity and are responsible for 50 percent of the country’s petrochemical exports.

The sanctions follow the U.S. Treasury’s recent designation of the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Businesses or entities who provide financial or other support to the IRGC are subject to sanctions under the FTO designation.

“By targeting this network we intend to deny funding to key elements of Iran’s petrochemical sector that provide support to the IRGC,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This action is a warning that we will continue to target holding groups and companies in the petrochemical sector and elsewhere that provide financial lifelines to the IRGC.”

“The IRGC systemically infiltrates critical sectors of the Iranian economy to enrich their coffers, while engaging in a host of other malign activities,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker.

Maryam Rajavi: The Complementary Step is Designating Other Organs of Repression,Expelling MOIS and IRGC Agents from US and Europe

Reactions from the Iranian Resistance

The Iranian Resistance praised the new sanctions against PGPIC and its subsidiaries on social media. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), affirmed her support for the sanctions, tweeting:

“The revenues of the regime’s petrochemical industries end up in Khamenei’s headquarters through a series of double-dealings and duplicities like fake tenders.


She added:

“The #IRGC and foundations affiliated with Khamenei, have taken advantage of unique privileges to take hold of the lion’s share of #Iran revenues, including the revenues from oil and petrochemical industries.”

Mohammed Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, tweeted:

“#Iran’s petrochemical industry has been expropriated by Khamenei and IRGC, revenues used for suppression, the export of terror, warmongering. Not one cent is used for people. Iran Resistance has called for sanctions on petrochems for long time.


Mohaddessin also stressed that Iran’s wealth should be safeguarded so that it may be returned to the people after they are freed from the ruling regime.

“#Iran rgm should not be allowed financial resources of Iran ppl to suppress them, instigate war & terror. Comprehensive sanctions on oil, petrochemicals, gas is called for. Iran’s wealth should be safeguarded for its people& reconstrucion Iran, after freedom is achieved


The MEK is the largest member of the NCRI.

Cause and Effect of the New Sanctions

The IRGC and its affiliates control 40-50 percent of Iran’s economy, with multi-billion dollar businesses in every major sector. The Iranian regime uses the profits from these businesses to fund its terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East, support its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, and suppress political dissent within its borders.

PGPIC was specifically targeted for sanctions because of its connection to the IRGC’s engineering arm, Khatam al-Anbiya. PGPIC has awarded major engineering, procurement, and construction contracts to Khatam al-Anbiya, generating hundreds of millions of dollars to multiple IRGC entities in Iran.

The OFAC sanctions will affect numerous companies worldwide who have known business ties with PGPIC and its affiliates. Anyone who continues to do business with PGPIC or any of its subsidiaries or sales agents will be subject to U.S. sanctions.

The goal of the sanctions is to choke off funding from the IRGC to prevent it from carrying out its malign activities.

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MEK supporters Rally in New York against Rouhani's presence at the UNGA

Fact or Fiction? Unravelling the Truth Surrounding Rouhani’s New York Visit

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The Iranian communities supporters of the MEK, demonstrate in NewYork against Rouhani’s presence to the UNGA

Separating fact from fiction in Iran’s turbulent political landscape is no easy feat. The regime floods state-sponsored media outlets with disinformation. The international free media is forced to walk a tightrope. It cannot risk angering the regime or its journalists will be harassed or have their visas revokes. There are, therefore, few outlets to find reliable information.

It is this suppression of free information that is driving the Iranian population to the brink of revolution. The mullahs’ repressive policies are creating a buildup of pressure within Iran. The whole political landscape could explode at any moment.

Rouhani’s Visit to New York

Regime President, Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to New York was a particularly contentious issue.

He traveled to the city last week for the United Nations General Assembly, during the same week President Trump chaired the UN Security Council’s meeting on Iran.

In the state-run press, articles suggested that the two presidents were on course for conflict. The Ebtekar Daily wrote, “Tehran and Washington are on the verge of a direct confrontation”, adding, “this might be the underlying factor for many unexpected events in the future”.

There were also attempts in the state-run media to blame President Donald Trump’s speech for the continued decline of the rial. Armin state-run daily wrote, “Donald Trump severely attacked Iran’s leaders in his speech, accusing them of carrying out crimes and massacres in the region… which will have alarming consequences”.

The Iranian regime has frequently attempted to portray America as an international villain and the root of all Iran’s problems. Since 1978, state-run media outlets have broadcast stories referring to the global superpower as “the great Satan”.

The Real Culprits

So, how do we separate fact from fiction? Despite what the state-run media says, the Iranian regime is to blame for the deepening economic crisis in the country.

The regime has systematically looted Iran’s institutions, funneled money to fund foreign wars, and ploughed funding into missile programs.

Instead of using the funding released from the Iranian nuclear deal in 2016 to help the Iranian population, the mullahs used it to hold the population hostage. It used it to clamp down on political dissidents, plot terror attacks, and expand its espionage network abroad.

Although the US government has reinstated sanctions against the Iranian regime, many European heads of states have been reluctant to follow suit because of the increased economic pressure sanctions could put on the Iranian population. The Iranian people are being held as the mullahs’ hostages to prevent European nations from adopting anti-Iranian policies.

The End Goal

The US has made it clear that its goal is not to cause increased economic disruption to the Iranian people. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined his government’s objectives in a recent report.

He said, “Iran is a society with so much greater potential. We want to reach a new agreement with Iran that ensures its nuclear activities are peaceful and that its role in the Middle East is constructive. We seek a deal that ensures Iran does not support terrorism around the world and provides for a greater opportunity to its own people.”

Far from “the great Satan”, the US wants to help the Iranian people. It sees a regime dragging its people towards economic ruin, abusing their human rights, and silencing the political opposition.

It also acknowledges that if the Iranian regime was going to change, it would have done so already. It knows that the mullahs’ regime will not stop abusing its population, warmongering in the Middle East, and carrying out acts of international terrorism of its own accord.

The only way to stop the mullahs and bring freedom to the Iranian people is through regime change.

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