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EU sanctions against Iran

EU sanctions against Iran
21 October 2022

Following the EU Council on 20 and 21 October, the EU has agreed on further restrictive measures against Iran. Three Iranian individuals were added to the list, in relation to the use of Iranian drones in Ukraine (the Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Major-General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri; the Head of the Supply, Research and Industrial Affairs Division at the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, General Sayed Hojatollah Qureishi; and the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force UAV Command, Saeed Aghajani) and one entity (Shahed Aviation Industries).

These measures consist of travel bans and assets freeze. Moreover, EU citizens and companies are forbidden from making funds available to the listed individuals and entities, and it also includes a ban on exports of equipment for internal repression and monitoring telecommunications to Iran.

Other countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, have also listed the same individuals and entities in response to Mahsa Amini’s death and human right abuses committed against protesters, as well as the development and delivery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) used by Russia in Ukraine.

On 17 October, the EU had already agreed on more restrictive measures against Iran: eleven individuals and four entities were added to their list. This includes individuals such as Mohammad Rostami (head of Iran’s Morality Police), Colonel Hajahmad Mirzaei (head of the Morality Police in Tehran) or Issa Zarepour (Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology) among others. Regarding the entities, they added four entities, Iran’s Morality Police, Basij Resistance Force, Cyber Defense Command of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (CDC) and Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (LEF).

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