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UK sanctions more Iranian officials to mark anniversary of Mahsa Amini death

UK sanctions more Iranian officials to mark anniversary of Mahsa Amini death
A demonstrator carries the portrait of Mahsa Amini, who died in detention following her arrest by the Iranian morality police in September 2022, during a demonstration near the Iranian embassy in Paris, France, 23 May 2023. Civil society groups and human rights activists condemn the repression of the anti-regime movement and demand the release of detained political prisoners and an immediate halt to executions. According to the UN, since the beginning of 2023, at least 203 Iranians sentenced to death have been hanged by the Iranian regime. EPA-EFE/TERESA SUAREZ

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Britain on Friday imposed sanctions on four Iranian officials to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran's morality police.

The sanctions target senior decision makers enforcing Iran’s mandatory hijab law and were coordinated with similar moves by the United States, Canada and Australia, Britain’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Those sanctioned include Iran’s minister for culture and Islamic guidance, his deputy, the mayor of Tehran and an Iranian police spokesman, it added.

“Today’s sanctions on those responsible for Iran’s oppressive laws send a clear message that the UK and our partners will continue to stand with Iranian women and call out the repression it is inflicting on its own people,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

The Sept. 16 death last year of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd arrested for allegedly flouting the Islamic Republic’s mandatory dress code, sparked months of anti-government protests that spiralled into the biggest show of opposition to Iranian authorities in years.

Britain also sanctioned Arvan Cloud, an internet cloud service provider previously sanctioned by the U.S. and which it said was helping Iran’s government to censor the internet.

The sanctions impose a British travel ban on those namedblock any of their British assets and prevent UK entities from doing business with them.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, writing by Sachin Ravikumar, Editing by William Maclean)

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