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US issues new Iran sanctions over violence against women, girls

Among those sanctioned were two senior officials in Iran’s prison system accused of serious human rights abuses against women and girls.
An exterior view of the building of US Department of the Treasury is seen on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on several Iranian officials and entities it said were linked to serious human rights abuses against women and girls. 

Since widespread anti-government protests erupted in Iran over the Sept. 16 death in morality police custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, the administration has issued 10 rounds of sanctions tied to the regime’s violent clampdown and online censorship of the protests. The latest sanctions, which came on International Women’s Day, were imposed in coordination with similar actions by the European Union, United Kingdom and Australia. 

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