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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Human Rights Violators
Posted By James Phillips On September 30, 2010 @ 10:00 am In International | Comments Disabled
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday announced the imposition of sanctions  against eight Iranian officials who were responsible for severe violations of Iranian human rights during the June 2009 government crackdown. The officials included the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s Prosecutor General, the Minister of Intelligence, and other key members of Iran’s police and internal security forces.
The sanctions were imposed by an executive order  signed yesterday by President Obama that freezes any assets owned by the Iranian officials in the United States, bans their travel to the United States, and prohibits U.S. citizens from engaging in any transactions with them. The Iranians targeted for sanctions are:
The Obama Administration was slow to criticize Iran’s dictatorship  for its human rights abuses during last year’s violent repression of the opposition Green Movement, which inconveniently occurred during the Administration’s early efforts to diplomatically engage the regime. The Administration is now belatedly taking action to penalize the regime for its abhorrent policies.
These new sanctions are a good step forward, but why stop at eight culpable officials? There are thousands of Iranian officials that have violated the human rights of Iranian citizens going back to the 1979 revolution. They should not receive a free pass for their crimes.
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 imposition of sanctions: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/09/29/iran.new.sanctions/index.html?iref=allsearch
 executive order: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/09/148345.htm
 slow to criticize Iran’s dictatorship: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2009/06/Obama-Administration-Must-Speak-Out-Against-Irans-Clenched-Fist
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