US sanctions Iranian authorities for Mahsa Amini’s death and repression of protesters

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USA this Thursday imposed sanctions on the Iran Morale Police after the death of Mahsa Aminithe woman who was killed after being detained by authorities of that country for considering that she was dressed inappropriately.

For this case, the US accused the Iranian authorities of abuse and violence against Iranian women and of violating the rights of protesters in the country.

The Treasury Department The US issued a statement in which it maintained that Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) body “arrests women for wearing ‘inappropriate’ hijabs and applies other restrictions on freedom of expression.”

The US office stated that will sanction senior officers of the Morality Police, Haj Ahmad Mirzaei and Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi.

He also said that he will apply the same measures to the Iranian Intelligence Minister, Esmail Khatib, and to heads of the army’s ground forces, including commanders Manouchehr Amanollahi, Qasem Rezaei, KiyumarsHeidari and Salar Abnoush, whom he accused of being involved in the repression and murder of peaceful demonstrators.

He also pointed to the Moral Police as responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in custody last week after being arrested in Tehran for wearing “inadequate attire.”

Finally, he called on the Iranian government to allow peaceful protest and “stop the systematic persecution of women.”

Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week after being arrested in Tehran for wearing a “improper attire”. She fell into a coma while she was detained, and authorities have said they will launch an investigation into the cause of her death.

This triggered a series of demonstrations in at least 50 cities of the nation, including the capital. During them, women have burned their veils and some have cut their hair. According to Reuters, these are the largest protests in the Islamic Republic since 2019.

The police have been accused of use force to disperse attendees. So far, official sources have confirmed the death of three people, including a member of the security forces. The authorities have denied that their elements are responsible for the deaths.

In contrast, reports from the Kurdish rights group Hengaw claim that the security forces have killed seven protesters, three of them on Tuesday, in or near Kurdish areas of the country’s northwest, where unrest has been especially intense and deadly. Also, they report that 450 people have been injured.

This Thursday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard called on the judiciary of the Islamic Republic to go after “those who spread false news and rumours” about the death of Mahsa Amini.

(With information from Reuters)

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