EU Parliament calls for further sanctions against Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei

Ali Khamenei should be on the EU sanctions list.

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Strasbourg Given the ongoing human rights violations in Iran demands the European Parliament further sanctions. MEPs called for President Ebrahim Raisi and Head of State Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be added to the EU sanctions list, according to a resolution passed in Strasbourg on Thursday.

The same applies to all persons and institutions responsible for human rights violations. The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s elite armed forces, should be put on the EU terror list by the Council and the member states, along with their auxiliary troops, the European Parliament has demanded.

The EU foreign ministers want to formally decide on new sanctions at a meeting on Monday, as diplomats had confirmed. They are said to be meeting around three dozen people and organizations involved in the brutal crackdown on nationwide protests following the death of 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini. It is not yet known who will be affected by the sanctions.

The left-wing politician and chairwoman of the Iran delegation of the European Parliament, Cornelia Ernst, declared after the adoption of the resolution in Parliament in Strasbourg: “A regime that even kills children has lost its raison d’être, which is why harsh sanctions against the perpetrators are just and the clear support of the Iranian resistance is required.”

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The trigger for the nationwide protests in Iran was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini. She died in police custody on September 16 after being arrested by the Morality Police for breaking the Islamic dress code. Since her death, protests against the repressive government and the Islamic system of rule have put the political leadership under more pressure than it has been in decades.

More: Iran protests: Two more protesters executed

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