Karami, Mohammad

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"... a Brigadier General and commands the IRGC South-East Quds Operational Base in Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchistan Province. The Quds Base is officially tasked with ensuring security in Sistan-Baluchistan, including the Saravan border, between Sistan and Baluchistan and Pakistan. According to public reporting, Karami is responsible for the actions of IRGC officers stationed at the Shamsar Base, who according to Amnesty International on February 22, 2021 fired live ammunition at unarmed fuel porters who were seeking to exercise their freedom of expression." 1

"[C]ommander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Operational Base in Sistan and Baluchistan."2

"Brigadier General Mohammad Karami is the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) headquarters Quds, which commands IRGC troops in Sistan and Baluchestan province and Kerman province. Sistan and Baluchestan province has seen some of the most violent crackdowns by Iranian security forces, including the IRGC, during the 2022 protests. On 30 September 2022, the provincial capital Zahedan witnessed 'bloody Friday,' when security forces opened fire on a protest forming in Zahedan around Friday prayer, using live ammunition. At least 70 protestors were shot and killed. Since then, violence against participants in later protests has continued. As commander of the regional IRGC headquarters for the IRGC troops engaged in this region, Karami is responsible for the IRGC’s violence against protestors in Sistan and Baluchestan province, in particular around 'bloody Friday.' He is therefore responsible for serious human rights violations in Iran."3 

Appointed governor of Sistan and Baluchistan province in December 2022.4 

"Position: (1) Governor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province (2) Former IRGC Ground Forces Commander (Quds Operational Base)... Mohammad KARAMI is an involved person within the meaning of the Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 as in his former role as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces Commander for the Quds Operational Base, he is or has been responsible for, engaging in, providing support for, or promoting serious human rights violations in Iran through the repression of recent protests in Iran, leading to violations of the right of life and violations of the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly."5

"Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan province, former Brigadier-General, former Commander of the Qods Regional Headquarters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)."6 


1. https://home.treasury.gov/

2. https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2022/10/canada-sanctions-additional-representatives-of-the-iranian-regime.html

3. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2023.020.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2023%3A020I%3ATOC 

4. https://www.bbc.com/persian/articles/c1rpng5348go

5. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1137623/Notice_Iran__Human_Rights__200223.pdf 

6. https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2023L00271

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