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article imageEU reveals names of 17 sanctioned Iranians for human rights abuse

By Anne Sewell     Mar 25, 2012 in World
Brussels - On top of the sanctions being imposed by the U.S. and Europe on Iranian oil trade, the EU has now released a list of Iranians to be placed on a blacklist.
At a meeting in Brussels on Friday, the EU has now released a list of people in Iran on which they would like to apply personal pressure. This now extends a current "big blacklist" of Iranians, who are subject to assets freeze and a travel ban in Europe, which now totals 78 persons.
The new names added to the blacklist include:
Reza Taqipour - minister of information and communication
Taqipour has been sanctioned for control and censorship of the internet, which is ironic in these days of SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.
Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani - head of the judicial system of Iran
He made it to the list for signing off death sentences which were executed in accordance with Iranian law and included stoning, hanging and pouring of acid into the eyes of convicted persons. The country also practices floggings and amputations.
Larijani is also the brother of Ali Larijani, Iran's Parliamentary speaker.
Ezzatollah Zarghami - head of Iran's state broadcasting network (IRIB)
Zarghami was added to the blacklist for broadcasting "show-trials" and the eliciting of confessions under duress.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - Iran's Supreme Leader
Khamenei is being targeted indirectly, by sanctioning 2 officials directly under his command. The officials are:
Ali Saeedi, Kamenei's representative to the Revolutionary Guards.
Ali Mirhejazi, who is head of security and deputy chief of the Supreme Leader's office.
Other persons added to the blacklist include a judge and several prosecutors accused of legal rights violations. Sneed Mortazavi, the deputy interior minister for political affairs and other officials were added for infringing on press freedoms.
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