The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on the morality police of Iran and the heads of other government agencies over the death of a woman who was detained for failing to properly cover her hair with veil Islamic.
At least nine protesters have been killed in clashes with Iranian security forces since protests began over the weekend over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also included leaders of Iran’s Intelligence and Security Ministry, Army Ground Forces, Basij Resistance Forces and other law enforcement agencies in the sanctions. The sanctions deny those affected access to their properties and bank accounts in the United States.
“These officials oversee organizations that routinely use violence to suppress peaceful protesters and members of Iranian civil society, political dissidents, women’s activists, and members of the Iranian Baha’i community,” the Treasury Department said in a press release. .
The morality police arrested Amini last week and said she was not properly covering her hair with the veil Islamic, known as hijab, which is compulsory for Iranian women. The young woman lost consciousness at a police station and died three days later.
Police say she died of a heart attack and deny she was mistreated. Her family says she had no history of heart problems, and her death in police custody has sparked daring protests by demonstrators, who have faced beatings and arrests.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the United States calls on the Iranian government to “end its violence against women and its continued violent crackdown on free speech and assembly.”
Amini’s death has prompted Iranians to take to the streets of Tehran and other parts of the country. Many Iranians, particularly young people, have come to see her death as part of the Islamic Republic’s heavy-handed policing of dissent and the morality police’s increasingly violent treatment of young women.
Source: diario libre