Further US Iran sanctions for “human rights abuses, censorship and enhanced monitoring”

US Treasury BuildingYesterday, OFAC designated, pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13553, 2 Iranian entities – Ansar-e Hizballah and Evin Prison – for “committing serious human rights abuses on behalf of the Government of Iran”, and 3 “leaders” of Ansar-e Hizballah (Abdolhamid Mohtasham, Hossein Allahkaram, and Hamid Ostad).

OFAC also designated the Iran-based Hanista Programing Group, pursuant to EO 13606, for operating information or communications technology that “facilitates monitoring or tracking that could assist or enable serious human rights abuses by or on behalf of the Government of Iran”.

OFAC also designated, pursuant to EO 13628, 2 people Abolhassan Firouzabadi and Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, for “engaging in censorship activities that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran”, and Abdulali Ali-Asgari (Director General of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)), for “acting for or on behalf of an entity engaged in such censorship activities”.

See OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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