September 29th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

U.S adds sanctions against Iran for human rights abuses

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.] Citing "mounting evidence" of repression of the Iranian opposition, the Obama administration added more sanctions against Iranian government officials, members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and others accused by the United States of being responsible for human rights abuses.

The sanctions, announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, block the assets of, and prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business with, those on the list, which includes the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country's prosecutor general, and the ministers of welfare and intelligence.

"On these officials' watch or under their command Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed," Clinton said. "Yet the Iranian government has ignored repeated calls from the international community to end these abuses, to hold to account those responsible, and respect the rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens."

"Today we declare our solidarity with their victims and with all Iranians who wish for a government that respects their human rights and their dignity and their freedom," she said.

Geithner emphasized the measures would not harm the whole country, rather the sanctions were designed to target those who engage in behavior that harms the Iranian people.

"We have found that when we single out Iran's bad actors and expose their illicit conduct–banks, businesses, and governments around the world respond by cutting off dealings with these individuals, groups and businesses," he said, adding the measures would send a message across the world about the risks to continued business with Iran, just as with the recent sanctions against Iran's nuclear business.

The US has been increasing its criticism of Iran's goverment's human rights record since President Mahmoud Amhadinejad's disputed landslide election victory unleashed massive demonstrations in the country. Iran's leaders called the uprising a foreign-led plot to overthrow the regime. It cracked down on the protesters, with many killed and even more jailed. Images of the bloody crackdown fueled worldwide outrage.

Clinton said that new legislation passed earlier this year gives the administration tools to impose sanctions against Iranian officials where there are credible evidence against them. But she acknowledged the administration was "also very mindful" since last year's election about messages from the opposition about keeping a low profile.

[Posted at 12:17 p.m.] The Obama administration is set to announce more sanctions against Iran, targeting Iranian government officials, members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and others accused by the United States of being responsible for human rights abuses.

The sanction will block their assets and prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business with those on the list, according to a State Department fact sheet obtained by CNN Wednesday.

The announcement is expected to be made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner later in the afternoon.

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. j.ar

    what she still has to go back.o hell no.its on for sure

    September 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JJ

    To the extent that there were abuses perpetrated against Iranians by the security forces and the judicial apparatus, the Supreme Leader and other parts of the political order sought to impose accountability. Kahrizak prison was closed, and 12 security personnel implicated in the deaths of prisoners there were put on trial; at least two of those officers have been sentenced to death. By way of comparison, how many people has the U.S. Government put on trial for abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the Bagram detention facilities in Afghanistan, and Guantanamo?

    The head of Iran’s judiciary was replaced, and the former chief prosecutor for Tehran and two judges have been suspended from their official duties. Iranian media report that this step is significant, among other reasons, because it removes these officials’ “judicial immunity”, paving the way for their prospective criminal prosecution.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. j.ar

    can't wait for that jj.when will it happen.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j.ar

    2 words 1 # WW3

    September 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Faith

    Get out of America if you support an enemy regime.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Johnson

      Lol, the level of silliness in your comment speaks for itself

      September 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. j.ar

    yea I know ur like not so in with the whole muslim thing.now is christian thing.its so now

    September 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Faith

    The iran – iraq war lasted eight long years and Iranians were slaughted in millions. America conquered Saddam in one week, with a tiny American troop force so iran is insignificant to anyone.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Johnson

      Ya America conquered Saddam Hussein after his country suffered a major defeat at the hands of Iran. They had killed off most of heir military leadership, barely had any armor left and were completely demoralized. Ya man, great job U.S.A.
      It's like beating up a kid 5 minutes after he got hit by a truck and bragging about it. Give me a break. That war was a joke and nothing to be proud of.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      If Syria (or Iraq, or Iran, or Somalia, or Panama, or Grenada, or Cuba....etc etc..) actually had the ability to retaliate we never would have attacked them – we are cowards, bullies that pick on the weak and terrorize anybody who refuses to follow our orders.

      If Syria were to exterminate a US base in Iraq they would certainly be within their rights, but they know that the ignorant American electorate could be provoked into believing that the US had been 'attacked' and must 'defend' itself by nuking Damascus.

      After all, the American electorate has already proved itself stupid enough to buy the line about Saddam being in cahoots with AlQaeda, they will believe anything their Nobel Peace fraud President tells them.

      Its not hard to see why most people in the World see the US as the worst threat to World Peace, because it is.

      September 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Faith

      Yeah! Faith is right! I saw it on TV with the "Mission Accomplished" and Bush in a jump suit!

      Although I have to correct you though...it "ended" in more like 2 weeks...and we won't count the thousands of mexican and kenyan rent-a-soldier private contractors who are still there.

      And Never mind the billions in Chemical and Biological weapons, fighter jets, planes, pilots, sattelite intelligence and missles that Sadam got from US and Europe to murder as many civilians as possible in the other war that he was paid to start from 1980-1988 (Gulf War I), and 1990 (Gulf War II) which of course US "won" too.
      Sorry Faith, but what makes you people look so stupid is that you shoot your mouth off about things you know nothing about, not to mention the mouth is several hundred times larger than your neural tube.

      September 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j.ar

    and you respond.jajajaja.im out of this blog to many bigits and uptighty people

    September 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jonathon

    Duraus the Persian king was the First person to create a Democracy in Iran 500 BC and gave Jews immunity to practice their religion and created human rights so Wiki it if you dont believe me.

    Just FYI there are problems in Iran with Human rights like women not getting the same rights and etc... BUT at least the Police there doesn't carry a gun like here and they are way more secure than out country. I visited Iran two years ago and its funny how our Media keeps us uninformed of the life style people have in Iran. First of all all these companies we see here like LG, Samsung, Sony they all have offices and sell lots of products there. German cars are all over the place cause apparently they dont care about the sanctions and best of all people in the country are cool as hell and have parties and know a lot about the our world and are very welcoming.

    However they are very proud and Will unit if time comes to defend their country so dont think we can walk in like Iraq in 10 days and have a margarita in the capital building...

    September 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. j.ar

    wo jonathon what weed r u smoking.i got master kush wanna match.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j.ar

    ok sammy boy.utell em. beating up a kid.cmon that the best metaphor u can come up with

    September 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Faith

    Get out of America, go live in Sharia Law thirld world Mullah thug gangster land leave this great American land to all that dare to disrespect the best country world-wide : The USA.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim A.

      Do you realize what a simpleton you sound like when you make these type of comments?

      September 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j.ar

    ahh who cares about ur comments.the U.S don't n surely they'll do what's in their best interest which is war.stop worrying bc they obviously don't about u.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim A.

    So the US sanctions Iran for supposed human rights violations yet when Israel routinely murders Americans all you hear is.... silence.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John of Tennessee

    I just watched Sec. of State Clinton & I just wish she'd go away. At the Dem. Convention where her addultress husband won and where she said "I wont be one of those women who like Tammy Winnett sang 'stand by your man' ". She, like many Muslim women, could be tried and convicted without a trial and stoned, while Bill gets to tell all of us, what the definition of is is.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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