Fathi, Murad

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Fathi. Morad
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"Murad Fathi (Fathi) serves as the Director-General of Prisons in Kurdistan Province. Prisons under his control have held and tortured prisoners, including protestors. Several Iranian Kurdish prisoners have died in prisons under Fathi’s control from torture or lack of medical care. Fathi is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13553 for being officials of the Government of Iran or persons acting on behalf of the Government of Iran (including members of paramilitary organizations) who are responsible for or complicit in, or responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian citizens or residents, or the family members of the foregoing, on or after June 12, 2009, regardless of whether such abuses occurred in Iran."1

"Murad Fathi has been the Director of prisons of West Azerbaijan province since 22 November 2022. He has previously held the same position in Kordestan province. In prisons under his control, cases of torture of prisoners have taken place during the 2022/2023 protests, leading in some instances to the death of detainees from torture and/or lack of medical care. Those detained and tortured include protesters arrested in both those provinces. In participating in the repression of protesters and overseeing torture in prison facilities under his command, in some cases leading to the death of prisoners, Murad Fathi is responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran."2 

"Murad FATHI is an “involved person” under the Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 because he is or has been involved in the commission of a serious human rights violation or abuse in Iran through his position as the former Director General of prisons in Kurdistan province."3


1. https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1048 

2. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2023.051.01.0013.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2023%3A051I%3ATOC 

3. https://docs.fcdo.gov.uk/docs/UK-Sanctions-List.html

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