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WASHINGTON: The USA positioned Iran’s morality police on its sanctions blacklist Thursday following the demise in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old arrested for allegedly carrying her hijab scarf improperly. The US Treasury mentioned the morality police have been “accountable” for Amini’s demise, which has sparked an outpouring of fashionable anger, because it introduced the sanctions “for abuse and violence in opposition to Iranian girls and the violation of the rights of peaceable Iranian protestors.” The sanctions transfer was taken as violent protests erupted throughout Iran following the demise final week of Iranian-Kurdish Amini, who had been arrested by the general public morality unit of the nationwide police. “Mahsa Amini was a brave girl whose demise in morality police custody was one more act of brutality by the Iranian regime’s safety forces in opposition to its personal folks,” mentioned Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen. “We condemn this unconscionable act within the strongest phrases and name on the Iranian authorities to finish its violence in opposition to girls and its ongoing violent crackdown on free expression and meeting,” Yellen mentioned in a press release. In line with an official depend, not less than 17 folks have died in unrest following Amini’s demise as girls burned their headscarves and protesters denounced the federal government management and restrictions on girls. The Oslo-based non-government group Iran Human Rights mentioned not less than 31 civilians had been killed in six nights of violence. The Treasury additionally positioned sanctions on Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, the pinnacle of the morality police, Haj Ahmad Mirzaei, the pinnacle of the morality police’s Tehran division, and 5 different senior safety officers concerned within the repressions of protestors. It mentioned Rostami had introduced earlier this yr that girls can be punished for refusing to put on a hijab. “The Iranian authorities wants to finish its systemic persecution of girls and permit peaceable protest,” mentioned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “The USA will proceed to voice our help for human rights in Iran and maintain those that violate them to account,” he mentioned in a press release. Treasury sanctions purpose to freeze any belongings these designated might need beneath US jurisdiction and forbid any American people or firms — together with worldwide banks with US operations — from doing enterprise with them, successfully limiting their entry to world monetary networks.

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