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The European Union is to sanction Iranian officials for human rights violations, Reuters reported Tuesday (30 March), writes Yossi Lempkowicz.  

Quoting EU diplomats, the news agency said the sanctions, the first such sanction against Iran since 2013, include travel bans and asset freezes on individuals.

The measure is expected to take effect next week, the report said.

Asked by European Jewish Press about the report, a spokesperson for the EU’s external service declined any comment. ‘’We do not comment on discussion in the Council,’’ said Nabila Massrali.

The EU has not sanctioned any Iranians for human rights violations since 2013, when an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached, despite major abuses, such as those detailed in a UN report earlier this month. But the EU has several times condemned Tehran for the human rights violations, including the execution by hanging of dissidents, such as journalist Rouhollah Zam last December.

During a webinar organized by the European Jewish Association earlier this week, Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the European Parliament and former Foreign Minister, stressed that Iran is after China the country that persecutes the opposition by using capital execution. “They execute sportsmen, journalists and even minors in large numbers,” she said in calling for sanctions against the mullahs’ regime.

The sanctions to be imposed on Iran, if confirmed, are likely to be taken in the framework of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime established by the Council of Ministers in December.

Since then, the EU has made use of this sanctions regime, modeled ater the U.S. Magnitsky Act, against China, North Korea, Libya, Russia, South Sudan and Erithrea.

Under this Sanctions Regime, the listed individuals and entities are subject to an asset freeze in the EU. In addition, listed individuals are subject to a travel ban to the EU and EU persons and entities are prohibited from making funds available, either directly or indirectly, to those listed.

Quoting EU diplomats, the news agency said the sanctions, the first such sanction against Iran since 2013, include travel bans and asset freezes on individuals.

The measure is expected to take effect next week, the report said.

Asked about the report, a spokesperson for the EU’s external service told European Jewish Press declined any comment. ‘’We do not comment on discussion in the Council,’’ said Nabila Massrali.

The EU has not sanctioned any Iranians for human rights violations since 2013, when an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program was reached, despite major abuses, such as those detailed in a UN report earlier this month. But the EU has several times condemned Tehran for the human rights violations, including the execution by hanging of dissidents, such as journalist Rouhollah Zam last December.

The sanctions to be imposed on Iran if confirmed, are likely to be taken in the framework of the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime established by the Council of Ministers in December.

Since then, the EU has made use of this sanctions regime, modelled on the US Magnitsky Act, against China, North Korea, Libya, Russia, South Sudan and Erithrea.

Under this Sanctions Regime, the listed individuals and entities are subject to an asset freeze in the EU. In addition, listed individuals are subject to a travel ban to the EU and EU persons and entities are prohibited from making funds available, either directly or indirectly, to those listed.


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