(UnitedVoice.com) – Iran’s revolutionary court system has committed many human rights abuses over the last number of years. The most serious of these was the torture and execution of Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old wrestler who was arrested for partaking in a protest. On Thursday, September 24, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctions against the Iranian court system, and individual judges within it, because of these abuses.
This marks the first time in history that the United States will sanction foreign judges or legal systems for human rights abuses. Pompeo stated the US had a duty to intervene in situations like those playing out in Iran and urged other nations to do the same. The sanctions will prevent Americans from doing business with concerned individuals and will also involve asset freezes.
The revolutionary court system has attracted criticism from several angles. As Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokesperson, notes in the tweet below, this Iranian regime spares no consideration for human suffering when dealing with its opponents.
1. Before your government executed Navid Afkari, he was repeatedly tortured and his confession televised on Iranian state TV. Do you torture all your political prisoners, or just when you want to televise their confessions and need to make sure they comply? #QuestionsforZarif pic.twitter.com/e5ThrKcDNu
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) September 20, 2020
While these sanctions are an unprecedented move, this situation demands a firm response. Unless Western powers take steps to stop this kind of tyrannical abuse, it will go unchecked forever.
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