Iran Charges 516 For Roles In Anti-Regime Protests

UANI Database Tracks Western Sanctions On Human Rights Abusers  

(New York, N.Y.) – On Monday, the Iranian regime announced it had charged 516 people for their role in the ongoing anti-regime protests sparked by the murder of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s Morality Police. The charges, including collaborating with foreign governments and “war against God” (which carries the death penalty), were brought against Iranians across the country, with 315 people in Tehran and 201 people in nearby provinces now facing trial. Sham trials and other human rights abuses—including killing, torture, stalking, and rape—are all tools of the regime that are reportedly being used to quell the protest movement. Thus far, at least 244 Iranians—including children—have been killed, and over 12,500 detained.   

As the regime continues to oppress its citizens, some Western countries have responded by sanctioning regime officials. United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)’s Iran Human Rights Sanctions Tracker is a database of Iranian officials and entities sanctioned by the U.S., EU, U.K., and Canada for their human rights violations. One such official is Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, Iran’s chief justice, who reportedly said of the accused protesters, “These individuals will be punished and this punishment will be a disincentive.” Mohseni-Ejei has been sanctioned by all of the aforementioned governments, but they have not designated other key actors, including Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri and the judiciary in its totality.

The West must continue to support the Iranian people in their effort for freedom by sanctioning more abusers and synchronizing the sanctions designations, which will make the penalties more effective.

To view UANI’s Iran Human Rights Sanctions Tracker, please click here.