In addition to members of parliament, several media outlets and a French mayor were sanctioned by Tehran.
Tehran, Iran – The Iranian government has blacklisted several European Union officials and organizations, mainly because of their stance towards the country. the protests are going on which Iran says is “inciting terrorism”.
While much of the sanctions relate to recent developments involving the weeklong protests that erupted last month after the death of a young woman in custody, others deal with Tehran’s repeated grievances with bloc officials and member states over the issues have led to protracted political disputes.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said it had imposed sanctions on 12 individuals and eight organizations for “deliberate acts of supporting terrorism and terrorist groups, inciting terrorism, declaring spreading violence and hatred leads to riots, violence, acts of terrorism and violations of the human rights of the Iranian nation”.
The sanctions include entry and visa bans on individuals along with the seizure of any assets they may have in Iran.
Targeted entities include Friends of Free Iran and the International Commission to Seek Justice, two informal groups in the European Parliament, along with the Organization to Stop Bombing, an organization that has supported advocates sanctions against Iran with the stated goal of preventing it from obtaining a nuclear weapon – something Tehran maintains will never seek.
The Persian-speaking services of Germany’s Deutsche Welle and France’s RFI have also been targeted, expanding Iran’s push against foreign-based channels it says are fueling “terrorism” on the internet. Iranian land. Two directors of German newspaper Bild were also blacklisted.
The companies Karl Kolb and Rhein Bayern Fahrzeugbau have been blacklisted for “supplying chemical weapons and gases” to the late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, who allegedly used them against the Republic. Islam was nascent in the eight-year conflict that began with Iraq’s invasion of Iraq in 1980.
Several members of the European Parliament were also targeted, in addition to Martine Valleton, the mayor of Villepinte, a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris where French authorities say they have discovered a plot to bomb the protest 2018 by Mojahedin-e-Khalq outlaw group in Iran. This led to the arrest of Iranian diplomat Asadollah Assadi, who had served at the Iranian embassy in Austria, in Germany and in Germany. next sentence in a Belgian court.
The measures mark the first time that Iran has formally sanctioned EU officials and institutions, a move taken as a response to block sanctions about Iran’s so-called ethics police and others earlier this month about their alleged role in what they called the “brutal repression” of protests that have taken place in Iran. since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in custody 40 days ago.
Separately, Iran has previously blacklisted a group of British individuals and organizations in retaliation for their sanctions related to the protests.