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Iranian Women Honored; Regime Rights Abusers Sanctioned

(FILE) A protest against the Islamic regime of Iran and the death of Mahsa Amini in Spain.

The State Department’s inaugural Madeleine Albright Honorary Group Award was presented to the Women and Girl Protestors of Iran.

Iranian Women Honored; Regime Rights Abusers Sanctioned
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On International Women’s Day, March 8, at the 17th annual International Women of Courage Awards, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented the State Department’s inaugural Madeleine Albright Honorary Group Award to the Women and Girl Protestors of Iran:

“Who, in the wake of the brutal killing of Mahsa Amini, have inspired us all. … Through neighborhoods and classrooms, out of apartment buildings and car windows, the protesters chanted throughout Iran and around the world, creating a global chorus demanding gender equality and human rights.”

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield noted the regime’s brutal response:

“They have tortured peaceful protesters. They have arrested tens of thousands of people. They have badly injured and killed Iranians in bloody crackdowns.”

To hold those accountable, the United States has announced the tenth round of sanctions targeting the Iranian regime over its repression of peaceful demonstrations and denial of internet access since the nationwide protests began in September.

The sanctions designate two Iranian officials overseeing prisons – Ali Chaharmahali and Dariush Bakhshi - as well as two senior Iranian security leaders; three companies that supply Iranian law enforcement and the heads of these companies; and a high-ranking law enforcement official.

Secretary of State Blinken said in a statement that the two prison officials “were complicit in the mistreatment of inmates by security forces, including through rape, torture, or other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment.”

The two security officials are Sayyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Army, and Habib Shahsavari, Commander of the IRGC Shohada Provincial Corps in West Azerbaijan Province. IRGC forces under Shahsavari are alleged to have routinely detained and tortured individuals, and Iranian army personnel under Mousavi’s command reportedly used machine guns to fire indiscriminately at protestors.

Mahdi Amiri, Technical Director of the Cyberspace Affairs Deputy of the Prosecutor General’s Office, was sanctioned for his central role in the regime’s efforts to block internet access.

The three Iranian companies – Naji Pas, the Naji Pars Amin Institute, and Entebah Gostar Sepehr, along with their leadership - were designated for enabling the violent repression of peaceful protestors by the Iranian Law Enforcement Forces.

The United States, said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson, “will continue to take action against the regime, which perpetuates abuse and violence against its own citizens – especially women and girls.”