Human Rights Sanctions Against Iran: The Path of Least Resistance / Rostam Pakravan

On September 29, 2010, President Obama issued an Executive Order, imposing “human rights” sanctions against members of the Iranian government . Targeting Iranian operatives involved in quelling protests following the June 2009 Presidential election, the sanctions implicate any “official of the Government of Iran or a person acting on behalf of the Government of Iran. . . who is responsible for or complicit in. . . the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian citizens or residents or family members of the foregoing, on or after June 12, 2009, regardless of whether such abuses occurred in Iran”, and prohibits providing to or receiving goods, services, or funds from such individuals. While the U.S. government retains the prospective right to designate Iranian officials covered by the Order, currently the sanctions target eight specific members of the Iranian government.

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