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Iran to Name 26 Blacklisted US Officials

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 24 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran's Parliament (Majlis) plans to release the names of 26 American officials against whom Tehran has imposed sanctions.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:30:22 AM
Iran to Name 26 Blacklisted US Officials

“This bill, which concerns imposing sanctions against American officials who have a history of rights violation, was discussed in the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission's Sunday session,” Hossein Ebrahimi said on Monday.

“The bill has not been finalized or approved by the National Security Commission but the proposal envisions imposing sanctions on 26 American officials by the Islamic Republic,” deputy chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said.

Ebrahimi described the bill as a response to sanctions imposed against Iranian officials by the US and said, “The allegations against Tehran are unfounded, while according to our intelligence sources these 26 American officials have committed apparent legal and rights violations.”

The Iranian lawmaker said the Commission would discuss and finalize the bill on Tuesday, and announce the names of these officials.

In May, Amnesty International (AI) slammed the United States for its indefinite detentions in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, as well as its flawed capital punishment system.

In October 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) also released a report expressing serious concern about human rights abuse in the US.

The report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) pointed to rights violations and concerns regarding torture, police brutality, and wide-ranging discriminations that the US government has neglected to properly address.

Systematic violations of human rights by the US government were detailed in the report, which indicated that most violations affected African-Americans, minorities, especially Muslims, and immigrant communities in the US as well as abroad.

The report also condemned the use of torture against prisoners and detainees by military personnel in Guantanamo Bay prison, as well as detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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