The US House of Representatives on Tuesday largely approved proposals to act against Iran on the issue of human rights abuses and ban the country’s ability to import and export arms export.
Under these proposals, a provision was made to impose various types of sanctions on the Supreme Leader, President and other people of Iran. In fact, a year of nationwide protests against the hijab in Iran is almost complete and America wants to impose tougher sanctions on the country before that.
The sanctions proposals now go to the Senate, but it is unclear whether the Democratic-controlled House will accept them.
The first proposal makes a provision to impose sanctions on individuals involved in the process of making missiles and drones in Iran, so that the production and export of these technologies in the country can be interrupted. At the same time, in the second bill, a provision was made to impose sanctions on high-ranking Iranian government officials for “abusing human rights and supporting terrorism”. The third resolution condemned the government’s alleged persecution, particularly of the Baha’í minority.
Iran has detained its citizens amid ongoing protests across the country following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September 2022.
Amini was detained for allegedly not wearing a hijab. The 22-year-old girl died in police custody three days later.
Officials said Amini was suffering from a heart attack. However, this was denied by the girl’s family, after which anger spread throughout the country. More than 500 people were killed and more than 22,000 were detained in the security forces’ pursuit of the protesters.