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US Blacklists Irans Interior Minister Over Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON—The United States on May 20 imposed sanctions on Irans interior minister, accusing him of having a role in serious human rights abuses, including giving orders that led to violence against peaceful protesters, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The Treasury said in a statement that Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli gave orders authorizing the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) to use lethal force in response to protests in November, leading to the killing of protesters, including at least 23 minors.

The Treasurys action on Wednesday also blacklisted seven senior officials of the LEF and a provincial commander of Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Steven Mnuchin
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discusses details for economic relief during the daily COVID-19 response briefing as Small Business (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza listens at the White House in Washington, on April 2, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

The LEF Cooperative Foundation—which the Treasury said is controlled by the LEF and which is active in Irans energy, construction, services, technology, and banking industries—was also blacklisted, as were its director and members of the board of trustees. The organizations name in Iran is BonyadRead More From Source