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Brand Ahmadinejad Rights Abuser: US Senators

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TEHRAN, April 17 (ICANA) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should formally brand Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and 25 other current and former Iranian officials as human rights abusers, US senators urged Friday.
Sunday, April 17, 2011 10:38:39 AM
Brand Ahmadinejad Rights Abuser: US Senators

"We urge you to designate President Ahmadinejad as an Iranian human rights abuser," Republican Senators Mark Kirk and Jon Kyl, Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman pressed Clinton in a letter, AFP reported.

The lawmakers pointed to Clinton's comments, in a March 2 Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, that there was "certainly evidence" that Iran's leadership, including Ahmadinejad, abused human rights.

The senators also noted that the European Union had designated 32 current or former Iranian officials as rights abusers, and that the United States has only done the same for seven of the people on that list.

"Therefore, we urge you to immediately investigate for possible designation as human rights abusers the following 25 individuals listed by the European Union as Iranian human rights abusers," they said in the letter, which was obtained by AFP.

The list included the chief of Iran's National Police, officers from the elite Revolutionary Guard, and senior judicial officials, including judges who managed cases tied to protests in 2009.

On Tuesday, the European Union imposed a new round of sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, against 32 unnamed Iranian officials over what they have claimed as human rights abuses.

The measure was adopted at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. The names of these 32 individual have not been revealed.

Chairman of the Iran's Majlis (parliamentary) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Wednesday that imposing sanctions on Iranian officials is a “noisy scenario” by the West as part of the effort to avert liability for keeping silent regarding “actual human rights abuses.”

Referring to the killing of anti-government protesters in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain in recent months, he said that such killings have been carried out as Western countries have failed to display even the least concern or reactions over such flagrant violations of human rights.

Boroujerdi added that Western countries imposed sanctions on Iranian officials under the pretext of human rights abuses in an attempt to promote another anti-Iran publicity to hide their own failure to condemn actual cases of rights abuses in the region.

Iran insists that multiple sanctions measures previously adopted by the US and Europe against the Islamic Republic have been proven futile, as the country's economy and nuclear program remain on track and making steady progress.

Moreover, a number of Iranian officials that were previously targeted with sanctions and 'freeze of assets' mocked the effort, saying that they have never held accounts in Western financial institutions.

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