The United States of America imposed new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting the moral police, against the backdrop of protests in Iran following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini.
The US Treasury said in a statement on its website that the United States imposed new sanctions related to Iran on Thursday, specifically targeting the moral police and security officials in Tehran.
The move comes after Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody sparked protests across Iran; This prompted the Revolutionary Guards to issue a right warning against those who “spread false news and rumors” about the incident.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announced in a statement that these sanctions target “the Iranian morality police and senior Iranian security officials responsible for this repression,” she said.
She added that the sanctions “demonstrate the clear commitment of the Biden-Harris administration to defend human rights and women’s rights in Iran and the world.”
Today, Thursday, the Iranian authorities blocked access to the “Instagram” and “WhatsApp” applications, after six days of protests over the death of a young woman who was arrested by the moral police, in which at least 31 people were killed, while Washington announced the imposition of sanctions on this unit of the police.
The death of Mahsa Amini, 22, sparked strong condemnation around the world as international NGOs denounced the “brutal” crackdown on demonstrations.
From the United Nations podium on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden expressed his solidarity with the “courageous women of Iran,” as he described it.
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