Washington, 4 October 2022 (dpa/MIA) – The US government will impose further sanctions on senior security officials in Iran after a woman died in custody.
President Joe Biden was “gravely concerned about reports of the intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Iran, including students and women, who are demanding their equal rights and basic human dignity,” he said in a statement.
Later this week, The US would announce further sanctions “on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protestors,” Biden said.
“We will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely.”
Hundreds of thousands of people across Iran have been demonstrating against the government since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman.
She was arrested on September 13 by the morality police for violating the strict Islamic dress code. Iran’s strict interpretation of the Koran requires women to cover their hair and almost all skin, except their faces.
Amini died in hospital on September 16 after having fallen into a coma but the cause of her death remains unknown.
Witnesses in the capital Tehran have said both security forces and protesters have become increasingly violent.