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EU slaps human rights sanctions on Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death

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The EU on Monday sanctioned Iran’s “morality” police, information minister and the cyber division of its Revolutionary Guards for the fatal beating in custody of Mahsa Amini and repression of subsequent protests.

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The list, published in the bloc’s official administrative gazette, also blacklisted the chiefs of the so-called morality police, the Revolutionary Guard’s Basij paramilitary force, and a uniformed branch of the national police.

Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian woman, fell into a coma shortly after being arrested by Iran’s morality police in September for “improper hijab.” She died on September 16, prompting protests on social media and on the streets of Iran, and around the world.

The EU foreign ministers added 11 Iranians and four institutions, including Iran’s morality police chief, to a travel ban and asset freeze list for their role in the crack down on protests after Amini’s death.

“Unanimous decision today to take action against those in #Iran responsible for the death of #MahsaAmini and violent repression of peaceful protests,” Borrell tweeted after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Tehran says it is keeping order against foreign-instigated troublemakers.

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