Washington sanctions Iran’s morality police after the death of a young woman

These economic sanctions target Iranian morality police and security officials for the violence against protesters and the death of Masha Amini.

Washington on Thursday (September 22nd) announced economic sanctions targeting Iranian morality police and several security officials for “violence against protesters», as well as for the fate of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who died after her arrest.

These sanctions targetthe morality police of Iran and senior Iranian security officials responsible for this oppression», et «demonstrate the Biden-Harris administration’s clear commitment to defending human rights and women’s rights, in Iran and around the worldsaid US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a statement.

The morality police in the viewfinder

«Vice police are responsible for the recent death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested and detained for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly“, denounces the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury.

Mahsa Amini, originally from Kurdistan (north-west), was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for “wearing inappropriate clothingby the morality police responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic. Women must cover their hair and are not allowed to wear short or tight coats or jeans with holes.

She died on September 16 in hospital. Activists said she was fatally shot in the head, but Iranian officials denied this and announced an investigation.

OFAC also highlights the “verbal and physical violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters“, and targets, in addition to the morality police, “seven senior leaders of Iranian security organizations (…) (who) oversee organizations that regularly resort to violence».

Social networks suspended

Demonstrations erupted immediately after the death of Mahsa Amini, affecting fifteen cities across the country. At least 17 people died according to a state media report on Thursday. But the toll is likely to be much heavier, and the opposition NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Oslo, reports at least 31 civilians killed by the security forces.

«Mahsa Amini was a brave woman whose death in police custody by the morality police is yet another act of brutality by the Iranian regime’s security forces against her own people“, still underlined Janet Yellen.

«We condemn this unconscionable act in the strongest terms and call on the Iranian government to end its violence against women and its continued violent crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly.“added Joe Biden’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Demonstrations erupted immediately after his death, affecting fifteen cities across the country.

At least 17 people died according to a state media report on Thursday. But the toll is likely to be much heavier, and the opposition NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Oslo, reports at least 31 civilians killed by the security forces. And the Iranian authorities have since Wednesday evening blocked access to the Instagram and WhatsApp social networks.

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