BRUSELAS, 14 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Member States of the European Union have approved this Monday a new round of sanctions against 29 individuals and three entities for the internal repression in Iran after the death of the young Masha Amini, in police custody, confirmed the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
"The foreign ministers adopt more sanctions against 29 people and three entities in Iran for their role in the death of Masha Amini and the violent response to the demonstrations," the Czech Republic reported in a message on social networks.
In this way, the EU extends the existing punitive measures for human rights violations in Iran to react to the situation unleashed in the country after the death of the 22-year-old woman arrested for allegedly wearing the veil incorrectly.
With this step, the EU exceeds the hundred people included in its 'black list' for rights violations in Iran. Last October, the Twenty-seven already took the first step to sanction those responsible for the case, then 11 people and four entities were included in the 'black list', including the head of the Morale Police, Mohamed Rostami.
Amini's death has led to protests across the country that have been violently repelled by the Iranian authorities. Meanwhile, the EU continues to collect information on military support for Russia in the Ukraine conflict and has already warned that it will intensify sanctions against Tehran if it confirms the supply of ballistic missiles to Moscow.
The issue has been present in the declarations of foreign ministers who have indicated that the Twenty-seven must respond to the sending of Iranian missiles and give a "clear signal" that there will be "very harmful" sanctions and not the "symbolic" measures approved by the supply of drones", as Estonian Minister Urmas Reinsalu has said.
"Clearly, if Iran sends drones and missiles that are used to attack civilian targets in Ukraine there has to be a response from the EU, but we will wait and see the evidence," said the Irish minister, Simon Coveney, while his counterpart Romanian Bogdan Aurescu has expressed his support for more sanctions against Moscow.