New Delhi: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahza Amini last week, news agency AFP reported. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said it would allow the morality police “to engage in abuse and violence against Iranian women and the violation of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.”
“Amini was a brave woman whose death in moral police custody is yet another brutal act by the Iranian regime’s security forces against its own people,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement Thursday.
“We strongly condemn this unconscionable act and call on the Iranian government to end its violence against women and its continued violent repression of free expression and assembly,” Yellen said.
At least 31 civilians have been killed in an attack by security forces during protests in Iran. All of them protested after the death of Mahsa Amini who was arrested by the police. Indeed, protests began in Iran last week when 22-year-old Mahza Amini died in police custody.
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Amini was arrested for not wearing a proper mask. Government officials said Amini died of a heart attack, but Amini’s family said Amini had no prior complaints of heart disease.
Amini was detained in Iran to an educational institution ‘under the responsibility of ensuring discipline’. A video released by police showed her suddenly collapsing during a dress rehearsal, but critics called it an edited video. Amini’s funeral was held on Saturday. After that, when the news spread, there were protests in many cities of Iran. Unrest is particularly prevalent in Kurdistan province, where Amini died.
NetBlocks, an internet monitoring organization, said that the internet has been completely blocked in many parts of the country since Monday.