The European Union approved another package of sanctions against the Iranian regime for the repression of protests and the shipment of weapons to Russia

Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA via REUTERS) (WANA NEWS AGENCY/)

The European Union (EU) approved on Monday Third round of sanctions against Iran’s regime for cracking down on anti-government protesters and sending weapons to Russia in the framework of the invasion of Ukraine.

In connection with the repression of the protests, the EU included 20 individuals on its sanctions list, including journalists and generals of the Revolutionary Guard and the Islamic Republic of Iran Radio and Television.

Regarding the supply of drones that Russia is using to bomb Ukrainian cities and knock out electricity to its citizens, the continental bloc sanctioned four people, including the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Air Force, Hamid Vahediand four companies related to the construction of unmanned vehicles.

The restrictive measures of the EU include the freezing of assets, the prohibition to travel to the EU and to make funds or economic resources available to those affected.

This will be the third time that the EU sanctions Iranian individuals or entities related to the repression of protesters or the very death of the young Masha Amini, who died in police custody in September after being arrested for allegedly wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A picture obtained from the Iranian Mizan News Agency on December 12, 2022, shows the public execution of MajidReza Rahnavard in Iran's Mashhad city, the second capital punishment linked to nearly three months of protests, with a sentence in Farsi which reads
The Iranian regime executed two citizens for having participated in the protests (MIZAN NEWS / AFP) (-/)

The hardline cleric Seyed Ahmad Khatami he was listed for inciting violence and calling for the death penalty against protesters.

The list was already extended on November 14, when the bloc sanctioned the Iranian Interior Minister, Ahmad Vahidialong with 28 other personalities and three entities considered responsible for “serious violations of human rights” in the country.

“The authorities continue with the repression of the Iranian demonstrations. They are applying capital sentences against people involved in the protests”, said the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, in relation to the second prisoner executed in Iran for an alleged crime derived from the protests. In this sense, the head of community diplomacy indicated that the EU considers the use of capital punishment as a tool to suppress protests in Iran “unacceptable”.

Previously, in a first round of restrictive measures in this context, the EU had sanctioned 11 Iranian citizens and four companies.

The first round of sanctions against the Iranian regime for giving such support to Russia was agreed on October 20.

Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy (REUTERS/Yves Herman)
Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy (REUTERS/Yves Herman) (YVES HERMAN/)

Iranian authorities publicly executed a second prisoner sentenced for his participation in the protests rocking the country on Monday, despite a wave of international criticism after the first protester was hanged last week.

At least a dozen people have already been sentenced to death in closed-door trials., according to activists. At least 488 people have been killed since the start of the protests in mid-September, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that monitors the protests. other 18,200 people have been detained by the authorities.

(With information from EFE)

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