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. Faith

    No one has a right to tell the Jewish people where to build homes on their own land. Israel is their property. Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Fact!!!!! Deal with it you evil terrorists, only in Israel can all people practice their religion freely, it is a democracy. Israel is good and America is good, America fights Against terrorist gangs and regimes and one brave country always has: America.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robin

    I am an Iranian living in the United States of America. I am happy to see the ones that have committed crimes against people of Iran (that simply wanted their votes to be counted) are boycotted by the United States. I'm not sure how effective this boycott would be, still it means a lot to me. I am fortune enough to live in a free society and I hope day comes that all people around the world can enjoy the freedom that I enjoy since I left Iran and came to the U.S.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dear Robin

      I'll bet you don't know what "kiram to halghet" means. Find a persian to explain it to you.

      September 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hoss

    Iran now has floating planes, or flying boats. a true force to be reckoned with. ha ha ha

    September 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Sanctions seem to be ineffective as the Iranian government has created an economy based mostly on goods manufactured inside the country. Also, denying a Visa to the USA won't have much impact as that will not change the Supreme leaders views. USA has strategically place military operations throughout the Middle East, I don't see why the war on terrorism can't be extended into Iran.

    September 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Good Thing Iran is your ONLY Problem.
    keep running those mouths.
    make more excuses.
    oh what experts you all are.
    as you Die.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberty Now

      Shut up! I KNOW that you're not Iranian. But you're definitely a nutcase who's a disease.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    oh look they blocked my post with the word W.h.o.r.e in it again.
    how dare I tell The Truth.
    baby murdering lying greedy selfish lazy arragant ignorant uneducated pigs.
    go fight your own wars .

    September 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Though it is not uncommon for US companies to do business with the enemy, it's still wierd. Do we need to bring back the "Trading with the Enemy" act that was enacted 1/2 way thru WW2. Or is it still in force?

    September 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zensa

    Dr Mehdi General Bad: I truly wish I could understand what you are trying to say. I read your posts daily but I am left confused.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. todd

    kill 'em all, let God sort it out..

    September 30, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. ilsa tam

    oh I'm so confused. I like Todd's idea.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    Jilla, hmmm. Your post was loud. Especially the part about "by their love you will know them"

    September 30, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ali

    Thank you Obama, Thank you for supporting iraninan people. The first one is Ali Khamenai also you have to add Firozabadi,Naghdi

    September 30, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. boomer

    Oh man...what if they get p!ssed and attack us with those little water planes!! Yikes!

    September 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RRW1962

    Why isn't anyone stating the obvious here,which is, why on earth (literally) were these fools hiking in the middle east? The are millions of places to hike on this planet, and yet these idiots chose to hike near Iran and thus accidentally crossed the border.

    This is comparable to hiking along the 38th parallel in South Koreo, with the possibility of crossing into North Korea.

    You can take the same hike in the same terrain in the civilized world. These three were just plain stupid.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Farhad

    That was a right act and a good decision. Thank you Hillary Clinton.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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