Taheri, Ahmad

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"Brigadier-General Ahmed Taheri is the head of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) in the Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran. The security forces in Sistan and Baluchestan province have been using brutal violence against peaceful protestors in the round of protests in the autumn of 2022, including against children. As the head of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) in Sistan and Baluchestan province, Ahmed Taheri is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran."

Commander of the police in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, where the authorities have brutally cracked down on protesters, reportedly killing more than 90. The AP reported that Taheri stated that "security forces were searching for more culprits."

"General Ahmad TAHERI is an involved person under the Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 because: he has been involved in the commission of serious human rights violations in Iran, namely being responsible for, engaging in, providing support for and promoting serious violations with respect to the right to life and the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Iran through his role as the former police chief in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan and in the suppression of protests."

"Ahmad Taheri (Taheri) commanded LEF forces in Sistan and Baluchistan province from October 2020 to November 2022. During his tenure, Taheri was the commander of LEF forces involved in the September 30, 2022 massacre of protesters and civilians in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, now known as 'Bloody Friday.' On that day, the LEF and other security forces opened fire on protesters, killing by varying estimates between 60 and 100 people, including children, and wounding at least 350 others."4


1. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32022R2231&from=EN

2. https://apnews.com/article/iran-dubai-united-arab-emirates-middle-east-race-and-ethnicity-43972e30624f9aedcd62aaff6d49f67a

3. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1117167/Notice_Iran__Human_Rights__141122.pdf

4. https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1733

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