The US Treasury Department had targeted numerous Iranian organizations, nationals and governmental officials with financial sanctions over accusations of censorship and human rights abuse. The accused entities and persons would be blocked from the US financial system. The companies and the individuals who would do business with the targeted Iranians might face sanctions from the Treasury.
The latest set of sanctions against the Iranian officials came in response to Tehran’s protest against the government. The tensions had escalated regarding President Trump’s decision to scrap the nuclear deal signed by former US President Obama. Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary had stated that Iran exported instability and terrorism throughout the world and the nation violates the rights of its own citizens on a regular basis.
He also stated that the Iranian regime diverted the national resources which should belong to people in order to fund an expensive and massive censorship apparatus and curb free speech. A government-inclined Hezbollah group and numerous important officials of the group had been targeted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury for suppressing the anti-government student protests violently.
Ansar-e Hezbollah and its co-founders, Abdolhamid Mohtasham and Hossein Allahkaram had been targeted on grounds of attacking Iranian students with electric batons, knives and tear gas. Hamid Ostad, the founder of a branch of Ansar-e Hezbollah had also been targeted. Evin Prison is also a part of the list of new sanctions from OFAC. This prison houses thousands of political prisoners who are abused and tortured by the Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Several Iranian officials and groups had been penalized by the Treasury for monitoring and censoring the citizens. Hanista Programing Group had been targeted for providing a doctored version of Telegram app which allowed the Iranian government to spy on its citizens.