EU Targets Top Iran Body, 8 Officials Over Rights Abuses


The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution and 8 officials, including judges, lawmakers, and clerics accused of links to the security crackdown on protesters.

The protests began after the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest by the Islamic Republic’s morality police, and have grown into one of the most serious challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The EU said it had imposed asset freezes and travel bans on the 8 officials and frozen the assets of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution due to their involvement “in serious human rights violations in Iran.”

The EU said the council is “a regime policy body” that “promoted several projects undermining the freedom of girls and women, setting limits on their clothing and education. Its decisions have also discriminated against minorities.”

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