Iran Human Rights Abusers Who Should Be Sanctioned Now

Updated: December 16, 2022

In reaction to Mahsa Amini’s death in Iranian police custody and the regime’s violent attempts to suppress nationwide protests, the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada have sanctioned certain Iranian officials and institutions responsible for human rights abuses. All Iran human rights sanctions designations can be viewed in United Against Nuclear Iran’s Iran Human Rights Sanctions Tracker.

Unfortunately, many more Iranian human rights violators have yet to be sanctioned by anyone. Consequently, United Against Nuclear Iran has compiled, and will continuously update, the following list of recommended targets for new human rights sanctions designations.

The sanctioned individuals noted on this page were designated after UANI’s recommendation.

Name Person/Entity Background AKA Sanctioned
Rahpeyk, Siamak Person

Vice-secretary of the Guardian Council, which is sanctioned by the Canadian government for human rights abuses. Read More

Raisi, Ebrahim Person

President (2021–present). Read More

Rezaei, Ali Person

The supreme leader's representative to the IRGC's paramilitary force, the Basij (Dec. Read More

Rezaian, Gholam Reza Person

"Law Enforcement [Forces[ Commander Ahmad Reza Radan appointed Gholam Reza Rezaian as Law Enforcement Command (LEC) Intelligence Chief on January 29. Read More

Sadeghi Moghaddam, Mohammad-Hassan Person

Member of the Guardian Council, which is sanctioned by the Canadian government for human rights abuses. Read More

Sadeghi Rashad, Ali Akbar Person

Member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, an extremist-dominated government policy-making body that developed stricter regulations in 2019 for mandatory hijab wearing. Read More

Sadeghi, Abdollah Haji Person

The supreme leader's representative to the IRGC (essentially the organization's political commissar), 2018–present, and formerly deputy representative, 2011–18. Read More

Sadeghi, Abdollah Hajji
Saei, Mohammad Hossein Person

Member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, an extremist-dominated government policy-making body that developed stricter regulations in 2019 for mandatory hijab wearing. Read More

Sahraei, Mohammad Tabib Person

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi (sanctioned by the U. Read More

Sararfaraz, Karim Person

The Supreme Leader's deputy representative to the IRGC's paramilitary force, the Basij (Dec. Read More

Setayeshi, Masoud Person

Spokesman for Iran's judiciary. Read More

Shabzendedar Jahromi, Mehdi Person

Member of the Guardian Council, which is sanctioned by the Canadian government for human rights abuses. Read More

Shahroudi, Mahmoud Mohammadi Person

Head of the Professors, Students, and Clerics Organization of the IRGC's paramilitary force, the Basij (Dec. Read More

Shamkhani, Ali Person

Secretary, Supreme National Security Council (2013–present). Read More

Shibani, Lotfollah Person

"Shiraz City Governor Lotfollah Shibani announced January 26 that local merchants are required to deny services to unveiled women. Read More

Siari, Mehdi Person

Deputy commander, Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), 2022–present. Read More

Soozanchi Kashani, Ebrahim Person

Member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, an extremist-dominated government policy-making body that developed stricter regulations in 2019 for mandatory hijab wearing. Read More

Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution Entity

Extremist-dominated government policy-making body that developed stricter regulations in 2019 for mandatory hijab wearing. Read More

Supreme Cultural Revolution Council (SCRC)
Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Entity

Tasked with debating and forming consensus on critical national security issues confronting the Iranian system. Read More

Tahan Nazif, Hadi Entity

Member of and spokesperson for the Guardian Council, which is sanctioned by the Canadian government for human rights abuses. Read More