Mahsa Amini’s death provokes additional sanctions from the US

The United States has issued sanctions against senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, prison wardens, and intelligence officers among other individuals in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by Iranian morality police 40 days ago.

The Treasury Department’s sanctions arm designated 10 senior Iranian officials for financial sanctions and penalties, continuing a string of actions taken against Tehran for its suppression of protesters and internet censorship.

The latest sanctions targeted the head of the Guard’s intelligence division, the division’s deputy commander, wardens from several prisons, and an Iranian firm that filters out unwelcome posts.

Individuals and companies that participate in and teach hacking techniques were hit with separate sanctions from the State Department.

“The United States will continue to impose costs on individuals and entities in Iran who are involved in the brutal repression of the Iranian people,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

On September 13, Tehran’s morality police arrested Amini at her west Kurdish hometown. She was charged with wearing her hijab in an improperly loose manner. Iran’s laws require women to wear the hijab so that it covers their hair entirely when they are out in public.

Image Credit: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP