The US Department of State has announced that on the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death, it has sanctioned 25 Iranian people and officials and 3 media outlets supported by the country’s government, including Tasnim News Agency, Fars and one Iranian internet research, in connection with the suppression of last year’s protests.
“We are taking this action in coordination with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other partners who are also imposing sanctions this week. This is the United States’ 13th round of sanctions designations in response to the regime’s brutal crackdown on protests”, the ministry added in the announcement.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “The United States is also taking steps to impose visa restrictions on 13 Iranian officials and other individuals for their involvement in the detention or killing of peaceful protestors or the inhibition of their rights to freedom of expression or assembly.”
22-year-old Mahsa “Zhina” Amini died in custody on September 16, 2022, after being arrested by Iran’s Morality Police. She was arrested on the charge of disobeying the mandatory hijab regulations in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Last year, anti-government protests started in Iran following her death in Tehran.
However, on the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death and the 2022 protests in Iran, the “Iranian Human Rights Organization” based in Norway published a report saying that 551 people, including 68 children and 49 women, were killed in these protests.