U.S. Treasury Department blacklists Iran’s Interior Minister over charges of human rights abuse

Accusing Iran’s Interior Minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli of engaging in serious cases of human rights abuse, the United States on May 20 has imposed sanctions upon him.

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a statement stating that Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli gave orders in November authorizing the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) of Iran to use lethal force in response to anti-government protests in November.

The U.S. Treasury Department said that the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) was responsible for the “killing of hundreds of Iranians” during the tenure of Iran’s Interior Minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, which began in 2013.

In another statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “His – and the regime’s – goal was to quash these peaceful protests and suppress the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression at any cost.”

Seven other senior officials of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) has been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department for their roles in the suppression of protesters. The list also includes Commander Hossein Ashtari Fard and a provincial Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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