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

    and btw this is america.since when it turned into one of these arab nations where u have no right to say.all of a sudden ur american that disagrees with america n americans want u to live with them.well ur acting like them

    September 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mikef

    well i have a prediction...looks like the 3 hikers are going to be excuted or beheaded and then we will have another war on our hands and i believe that iran will use a nuke or dirty nuke against our forces over there and all hell will break loose...another thing people forget is that russia backs iran so they are not alone who do you think built the reactor there?

    September 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hk

    that was Cyrus not Duraus

    September 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j.ar

    I heard bill nuy the science guy along with the kids from who's smarter than a 5th grader helped built the reactor.please respond if true

    September 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ali

    Nice, finally US did something for Iranian people, keep it up!

    September 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mikef

    lol i wouldnt put it past the country that just invented the flying boat

    September 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mikef

    looks like you need hooked on phonics j.ar remember the cow goes moo not woof

    September 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. j.ar

    darn all this time I thought it went oink oink.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Bab

    Oh...another sanction against Iran? *continues to do whatever I was doing*

    September 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mikef

    smh its ok you tried thats all that matters

    September 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Faith

    Israel is our friend, israel belongs to the Jewish people, no terrorist has a right to hate nor attack Israel. Jesus is Jewish, The Blessed Virgin Mary is Jewish, if you love God you pray for peace in Israel. Eqypt and Kuwait give intelligence to America to inform against evil terrorist plots by al Quaeda, Hamas, the eqypt Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and countless other evil Islamic radicals seeking to murder innocent Americans and Israelis and free countries practicing equality under the law and opposed to Sharia slave law of barbaric times anti modern times, fight terror world-wide, thank an American soldier.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Dulles

      Friends don't execute friends:

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26470.htm

      September 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. j.ar

    What the flyin boat has been invented.well bck to the drawin board

    September 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j.ar

    o mikef ur so tough behind that keyboard.ur just as bored as me.only difference I go home to somone u well to ur computer.u guys behave now

    September 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Faith

    Iran is run by evil mullahs, they kill innocent Iranians that protested against the stolen election in Iran in 2009.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Faith

    Iran executes girls as young as seven and eleven years old but boys have to be at least age fifteen to be out to death in Sharia run Iran the Islamic terrorist land of thug Mullahs.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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