The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on two Iranian ministers for their involvement in serious human rights violations in their homeland. This is according to the official gazette of the European Union on Monday.
In response to the Tehran regime’s harsh repression of the protest movement, the EU added 32 individuals and two entities to its sanctions list on Monday. The persons concerned can no longer travel to the EU, and member states must block any assets on their territory.
In addition to MPs, judges, prosecutors and prison directors, two ministers have also been listed: Culture Minister Mehdi Esmaeili for his role in threats, arrests and prosecutions against artists, filmmakers and journalists, and Education Minister Yousef Nouri for the arbitrary detention of students. The list now counts 196 persons and 33 entities.
Following a meeting of European foreign ministers, about 6,000 demonstrators from the Iranian diaspora took to the streets in Brussels on Monday. The protest march is against the oppression by the Iranian regime and stands up for more freedom for women.
Protests have been going on in Iran for months. The reason for this was the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022, in police custody. The vice police had arrested the Iranian-Kurdish for violating the Islamic dress code in force in Iran.
The Islamic regime violently suppresses the protest. Human rights groups estimate that more than 500 people have been killed and nearly 20,000 arrested since September.