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New EU sanctions on Iran target Basij, judiciary after executions

The foreign ministers of the European Union have adopted an eighth round of sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities responsible for serious breaches of human rights.
People protest against executions and detentions in Iran, in front of the Iranian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York City on December 17, 2022. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP) (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

PARIS — Following the execution of three Iranian protesters in Isfahan last week, the Council of the European Union adopted sanctions against additional five individuals and two entities held responsible for serious breaches of human rights in Iran.

Last Friday at dawn, Iran executed Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaqoubi, who were sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in a shooting attack that killed three security personnel in Isfahan in November 2022. According to Amnesty International, the three men were tortured, forced to make incriminating statements and subjected to unfair trials. Four other protesters have been executed by Iran in the past few months. 

According to a May 12 report by Human Rights Watch, since late April, Iranian authorities have executed at least 60 people including Iranian-Swedish dual national Habib Chaab. Many of them were executed after unfair trials for drug offenses and there were two executions for blasphemy. On Saturday, Iran executed a man convicted of masterminding a prostitution network and drug trafficking. 

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