Australia Issues New Sanctions On Iran Over Human Rights Abuses, Supply Of Drones To Russia

According to ABC News, Australia has imposed further sanctions on Iran, targeting morality police implicated in the killing of Mahsa Amini as well as those selling drones to Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

Australia sanctioned prominent Iranian military and government personnel, as well as the leaders of Myanmar’s military junta, for plotting a coup last month.

The administration on Monday announced it was implementing Magnitsky-style targeted financial sanctions and travel restrictions on a further 14 people, as well as financial sanctions on 14 Iranian businesses “responsible for gross human rights abuses and breaches in Iran.”

Four officers of the morality police “who were responsible for the arrest, incarceration, and ill-treatment of Mahsa “Jina” Amini” are among those facing Magnitsky-style human rights sanctions, according to Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Ms. Amini’s death in detention six months ago ignited an Iranian women’s protest movement.

Protests, however, were met with harsh repression. According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), hundreds of people have been slain and thousands have been jailed in connection with the demonstrations, while four young men have been hung and more than a dozen more have been condemned to death.

Senator Wong stated that the sanctions will also target top law enforcement officials as well as political and military individuals implicated in the Iranian people’s continuous persecution.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, Iran’s judiciary chief, announced last week that the authorities had pardoned 22,000 protesters.

That happened only days after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest order for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine.

China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Moscow later today to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Putin hailed Mr Xi his “good old buddy” and said he appreciated “China’s desire to play a constructive role in resolving the issue”.

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