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article imageEU imposes sanctions on 17 Iranians for human rights abuses

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 25, 2012 in World
European Union foreign ministers have added the names of an additional 17 Iranian officials to its sanctions list for human right abuses, bringing the total to 78 Iranians sanctioned for abuse.
Reuters reported that the new list of those targeted for sanctions due to human rights abuses remains separate from the EU list of those sanctioned for their association with Iran's nuclear programme.
The new list comprises individuals who have been associated with censorship and responsible for signing judicial sentences including floggings, stonings and amputations.
Enduring America publishes the full list of the 17 Iranians named. The list includes Zarghami Ezzatollah, Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB); Taghipour Reza, Minister for Information and Communications; Ramazani Gholamhosein, Commander of ;Revolutionary Guards Intelligence; and Larijani Sadegh, Head of the Judiciary.
As Head of the Judiciary, Sadegh, brother of Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, has responsiblity for signing off on all punishments issued by the Islamic Republic. Enduring America cites his responsibility in approving "sentences attracting the death penalty, floggings and amputations. In this regard, he has personally signed off numerous death penalty sentences, contravening inter­ national standards, including stoning (16 people are currently under stoning sentence), executions by suspension strangulation, execution of juveniles, and public executions such as those where prisoners have been hung from bridges in front of crowds of thousands. He has also permitted corporal punishment sentences such as amputations and the dripping of acid into the eyes of the convicted."
Other humans rights abuses committed by those listed include the denial of prisoner's rights, prosecution of bloggers and journalists, torture and censorship. Hadi Ghaemi of Iran's Human Rights Org. had urged further targeting of Iranian officials involved in human rights abuses. He said "Targeting Iranian officials implicated in gross human rights violations is a powerful way for the international community to respond to the unfolding human rights crisis in that country."
According to information presented by Europarl the EU foreign ministers have not extended sanctions to Bahraini officials who are responsible for continued human rights abuses, limiting their attention to calls for Bahrain to respect human rights.
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