Freedom House Welcomes U.S. Sanctions on Second Anniversary of the Fraudulent June 12th Election in Iran | Freedom House

Freedom House Welcomes U.S. Sanctions on Second Anniversary of the Fraudulent June 12th Election in Iran

Washington

Freedom House applauds the decision of the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State last week to impose sanctions against three branches of the Iranian military establishment for their gross human rights abuses and violations of international law. Sanctions were imposed on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Basij Resistance Force (Basij), the Iranian national police and its police chief for extensive and sustained assaults on Iranian citizens.

The announcement came just before the second anniversary of the fraudulent June 12 presidential election, when hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest the election results against a brutal, widespread crackdown by the military units sanctioned last week.

“The decision to target individual human rights abusers, particularly these three military units, sends a powerful message of support to the Iranian people,” said David J. Kramer, executive director at Freedom House. “The sanctions say: ‘This time, we will not stand idly by while your fundamental freedoms and human rights are violated. Human rights abuses will not go unpunished.’”

Freedom House also welcomes initiatives of the U.S. Congress supporting Iranian human rights, and in particular the creation of the Iranian Dissident Awareness Program, which Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) launched last month.

“We created the bipartisan Iranian Dissident Awareness Program to help members of Congress show support for individual Iranians in their struggle for a free and democratic Iran - just as we did for the ‘refuseniks’ persecuted in the Soviet Union,” said Senator Kirk. “Our goal is to put faces with names. To tell the stories of the students, bloggers, lawyers and human rights defenders who face persecution and imprisonment for daring to demand the kind of basic human rights we Americans take for granted.”

Iran is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World 2011, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2011.

For more information on Iran, visit:

Freedom in the World 2011: Iran
Freedom on the Net 2011: Iran

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