Iranian Chief of Judiciary Sanctioned by United States

11/08/2019 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On March 8th of this year, the ICC published an article regarding Ebrahim Raisi, the then-new head of Iran’s national judiciary.

Under Mr. Raisi’s leadership the Iranian judiciary has consistently engaged in prosecution littered with human rights abuses.  Among a number of other abuses, those held by the government have undergone torture, including beatings and dismemberment.  Furthermore, the United Nations has reported that during his tenure as judicial leader, the government arrested, convicted, and imprisoned upwards of ninety minors.  Many of them have gone on to death row and have been executed by Iran for various offenses, all this under Mr. Raisi’s oversight.

Earlier this week, on the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) officially sanctioned Mr. Raisi for his actions against the Iranian populous and human dignity.  He has been placed, along with several other leading members of the Supreme Leader’s government, on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List).  This list marks them in future U.S. dealings with the Iranian government, and freezes any U.S.-based assets belonging to them or to be transferred through the holdings of the U.S.

This new declaration is a tremendous success for proponents of human rights everywhere.  ICC has submitted a great deal of evidence to the U.S. Department of State in relation to members of the Iranian judiciary, requesting that the United States take actions like they did this week.

The decision to sanction Mr. Raisi is a victory for the oppressed people of Iran and for proponents of religious freedom everywhere.

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