US places sanctions on Iranian human rights abusers

WASHINGTON,The United States of America designated two Iranian entities for committing “serious human rights abuses” on behalf of the Iranian government, as well as three leaders of one of these entities, the Ansar-e Hizballah organization, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday.

The Treasury also designated an entity “that has operated information or communications technology that facilitates monitoring or tracking that could assist or enable serious human rights abuses by or on behalf of the Government of Iran,” it said in a statement.

Two additional individuals for targeted “for engaging in censorship activities that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran, and one individual for acting for or on behalf of an entity engaged in such censorship activities,” it added.

In addition to the Ansar-e Hizballah, the specific entities included, Evin Prison, Hanista Programming Group, and the Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Abdulali Ali-Asgari.

“Today’s actions target the Iranian regime’s repression of its own people and the suppression of their freedoms of speech, expression, and peaceful assembly,” the Treasury statement said.

“As a result of these actions, all property and interests in property of the persons designated today that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons must be blocked and reported.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency