NCRI-US Representative: U.S. Must Designate Iran’s Human Rights Abusers

Since Iran Uprising in December 2017, 8,000 protesters have been arrested, 50 killed, including 14 under torture

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2018 – The Representative in the United States for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Ms. Soona Samsami, urged the U.S. Government to designate Iranian regime officials involved in human rights violations.

“The Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown during the uprising warrants a response from the United States as outlined in U.S. law.”

— Soona Samsami, NCRI Representative in the U.S.

Since the beginning of the uprising on December 28, 2017, at many as 8,000 protesters have been arrested and over 50 killed, including at least 14 tortured to death.

The officials responsible for the atrocities have a long history of rights violations, including the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members of the main Iranian opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI).

The Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown during the uprising warrants a response from the United States as outlined in U.S. law.

Those who warrant designation by the U.S. Government for being responsible for human rights abuses, include, but are not limited to, the following individuals:

1. Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Hosseini KHAMENEI

2. President Hassan ROUHANI

3. Justice Minister Alireza AVAEI (AVAYI/AVAEE)

4. Rear Admiral Ali SHAMKHANI

5. Commander of State Security Forces Hossein ASHTARI

6. General Prosecutor Mohammad MONTAZERI

7. Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari JAHROMI

8. IRGC Commander of Cyber Security Ali FATEH

9. Secretary of Iranian Supreme Cyberspace Council Abolhassan FIROOZABADI

10. Advisor to the Judiciary and former Justice Minister Mostafa POURMOHAMMADI

11. Commander of Sarollah Garrison in Tehran Mohammad Esmail KOSARI

12. IRGC Commander of Isfahan Province Gholamreza SOLEIMANI

13. General Prosecutor of Isfahan Province Hassan RAHIMI

14. IRGC Commander of Khuzestan Province Hassan SHAHVARPOOR

15. IRGC Commander of Hamedan Province Mazaher MAJIDI

16. IRGC Commander of Lorestan Province Morteza KASHKOULI

17. IRGC Commander of Passive Defense Forces Gholamreza JALALI

18. Head of Astan-e Qods Razavi Endowment Foundation Ebrahim Raisi

19. Supreme Court Vice President Hossein Ali NAYYERI

20. Supreme Court judge Ali MOBASHERI

21. Head of the 41st branch of the Supreme Court Ali RAZINI

22. Head of Branch 28 of the Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court Mohammad MOGHISEH

23. Association of Combatant Clergy member Mohammad MOUSSAVI KHOEINIHA

24. Head of Qom Seminary Morteza MOQTADAEE

25. Association of Combatant Clergy member Seyyed Mohammad MOUSSAVI BOJNOURDI

26. Assembly of Experts member Mohammad Mohammadi REYSHAHRI

27. State Expediency Council member Ali FALLAHIAN

28. Former Tehran’s Prosecutor Morteza ESHRAQI

29. Former Justice Minister Mohammad Esmail SHUSHTARI

30. State Expediency Council member Majid ANSARI

31. Minister of Labor Ali RABIEI

32. Former Justice Minister Seyed Morteza BAKHTIARI

33. Deputy Head of Shah Abdul-Azim Endowment Javad ALI-AKBARIAN

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In July 2017, President Trump signed into law an Act that called for the “Imposition of additional sanctions with respect to persons responsible for human rights abuses,” and that such sanctions would extend to “those responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in Iran” who seek “(A) to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of Iran; or (B) to obtain, exercise, defend, or promote internationally recognized human rights and freedoms, such as the freedoms of religion, expression, association, and assembly…”


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