The U.S. Treasury Department designated the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation, which it described as “a key patronage network for the Supreme Leader of Iran” and “an immense conglomerate of some 160 holdings in key sectors of Iran’s economy, including finance, energy, construction and mining”. It also sanctioned “Iran’s Minister of Intelligence and Security… pursuant to human rights authorities”. The State Department additionally blacklisted two senior IRGC officials “for their involvement… in gross violations of human rights, namely the flagrant denial of the right to life in connection with the violent suppression of protests by security forces in November 2019”. “Nations who believe in supporting the freedoms of expression and association should condemn Iran’s egregious human rights violations… by imposing consequences on the regime as we have”, said Secretary Pompeo.
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