The Geneva Council, proudly applauds the Australian government for taking decisive action against Iran’s ongoing human rights abuses by imposing targeted sanctions.
On the solemn occasion of the first anniversary of the tragic passing of Mahsa Amini, Australia has demonstrated unwavering commitment to championing human rights and combating systemic oppression. This landmark decision represents a significant milestone as it marks the very first time that Australia has wielded targeted financial sanctions and travel bans on specific individuals and entities within Iran, as part of the recently expanded Iran Autonomous Sanctions Framework.
Australia’s response to the relentless oppression faced by Iranians, especially women and girls, is commendable. The sanctions are strategically designed to directly address and hold accountable those responsible for the perpetration of egregious human rights violations.
One of the individuals subjected to these sanctions is Saeed Montazerolmahdi, the spokesperson for Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces. His repeated use of intimidating and threatening language towards Iranian women and girls alleged to have violated Iran’s mandatory veiling laws has drawn international attention and condemnation.
The list of targeted entities includes Iran’s Cyber Police, a central player in stifling freedom of expression by imposing strict restrictions on internet activity within Iran. Additionally, Press TV, a state-backed television channel, has faced scrutiny for broadcasting coerced confessions from Iranians and dual-nationals entangled in politically motivated judicial procedures.
The Geneva Council underscores the significance of Australia’s firm stance on human rights violations in Iran and its commitment to taking measured and effective action. This initiative serves as a powerful reminder that egregious human rights abuses will not be tolerated by the international community.
Moreover, the Australian government has called upon the Iranian regime to ensure accountability for the untimely death of Mahsa Amini. Despite one year having passed, no one has been held responsible for her tragic demise while in the custody of the morality police. Australia urges the Iranian authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into this matter, delivering justice to Mahsa Amini and her grieving family.
The Geneva Council stands united with Australia in its pursuit of justice, accountability, and the protection of human rights globally. We firmly believe that international solidarity and collective action are essential to bring an end to human rights violations and create a more just and humane world.