Following new EU sanctions, Iran has imposed counter-sanctions, for example against ÖVP EU MP Lukas Mandl. As the foreign ministry in Tehran announced on Wednesday, a total of 34 people and organizations have been put on a sanctions list, including other members of the European Parliament, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and two German agents.
Iran accuses the individuals and organizations of “supporting terrorism” and “meddling in internal affairs”. Foreign SPD politician Dietmar Köster is also hit. Speaking to the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee last week, he said: “There will only be stability in the Middle East when the regime of the mullahs is finally overthrown.” Security for Israel will only exist if the country’s anti-Semitic leadership is replaced by a democracy.
Entry bans and asset freezes
The punitive measures include entry bans and the freezing of possible assets in Iran. EU foreign ministers took new punitive measures in Brussels on Monday over the serious human rights violations surrounding the recent wave of protests in Iran. These met with 37 people and organizations – including the sports and youth minister Hamid Sajjadi, parliamentarians, members of the army and the umbrella organization of moral guardians.
The reason for the nationwide protests in Iran was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini. She died in police custody on September 16 after being arrested by vice squad for violating Islamic dress code. The protests against the repressive government and Islamic rule system have plunged the political leadership into one of the most serious crises in decades.