Heidari, Kiyumars

Also Known As:
Heidari, Kiomars; Heydari, Amir Kyomarth; Heydari, Kioumars; Heydari, Kiumars; Heydari, Kiyomarth; Heydari, Kyomarth
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"Kiyumars Heidari is the commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces. He has publicly admitted to his and his force’s involvement in the violent response to the November 2019 protests that led to the death of at least hundreds of protesters...

"Heidari... [is] being designated pursuant to E.O. 13553 for being 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

"Brigadier-General Kiyumars Heidari is the Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces and directly reports to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has publicly admitted to his and his force’s involvement in the violent response to the November 2019 protests, which led to the death of hundreds of protesters. Blatant and severe human rights violations by the forces, such as indiscriminate shooting with live ammunition at peaceful protesters – including children – have been widely documented since protests surrounding the death of Mahsa Amini started mid-September 2022. Over 70 protesters died and hundreds were seriously injured. Army Ground Forces, which are under the control of Heidari, have been involved in suppressing the protests and have killed at least one person. Heidari himself stated that his forces have been used to deal with the 2022 protests. He is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran."2 

"Iran's Army Ground Forces Commander Kiumars Heydari said on [November 9, 2022] that 'rioters' would have no place in the Islamic Republic if the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a tougher crackdown on nationwide protests, said the semi-official Mehr news agency. '... should he decide to deal with them, rioters will no longer have a place in the country,' Heydari said."3 

"Brigadier-General, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces."4


1. https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0969

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

3. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-army-says-rioters-will-have-no-place-country-if-order-given-by-supreme-2022-11-09/

4.  https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2023L00075 

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