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Iran Human Rights Designations

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 14, 2011


Yesterday, the United States Government designated two senior Iranian officials for their roles in committing serious human rights abuses against the Iranian people. Both Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hassan Firuzabadi and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Deputy Commander Abdullah al-Araqi bear personal responsibility, along with other conspirators, for the violent crackdown in the summer of 2009, which came as Iranians sought to peacefully express their civil and political rights as part of the Green Movement.

This is the fourth time we have designated individuals and entities under human rights sanctioning authority provided in Executive Order 13553, which was signed by President Obama in September, 2010. U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the two designated individuals and any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen. The designees are also subject to visa sanctions by the Department of State.

These designations are a sign of the United States’ steadfast support for the people of Iran as they continue to seek accountability from the Iranian government and freedom from abuse by senior Iranian officials.

PRN: 2011/2138


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