London cited the “repression of girls and women” in saying its restrictions on Iran’s steering patrols

The UK has sanctioned Iran’s Gasht-e-Ershad, the so-called ‘morality police’ answerable for imposing Islamic costume code, accusing the power of “repression of girls and women.” London has additionally defined the restrictions by citing what it referred to as Tehran’s “stunning violence” inflicted on individuals who turned out to protest following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Condemning the morality police for allegedly utilizing threats of detention and violence to manage the general public conduct and costume of Iranian ladies, London promised on Monday to “maintain [Iranian authorities] to account.” 

The sanctions goal your entire power, in addition to its chief, Mohammed Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, and its Tehran Division head, Haj Ahmed Mirzaei, echoing an analogous transfer by the US a number of weeks in the past. The British International Ministry had beforehand summoned Iran’s cost d’affaires to complain concerning the police crackdown on the protests.

Amini was detained by the policing unit, the official title of which interprets to ‘steering patrols’, final month for allegedly sporting her hijab improperly. Together with different detainees, she was dropped at a police station to take a seat via a lecture on “Islamic values” as is normal working process. 

Video footage from the station confirmed Amini collapsing whereas in custody, earlier than regaining consciousness and collapsing once more. She died in a hospital two days later.

Whereas her household has claimed she was overwhelmed, no such altercation seems on the CCTV footage from the police station. Amini died not from blunt power trauma however from an absence of oxygen to the mind attributable to an underlying situation, based on the coroner’s report. 

Her demise has however triggered widespread protests, throughout which scenes of girls eradicating their hijabs and slicing their hair have dominated headlines. The demonstrations have devolved into violence in quite a few circumstances, leaving 150 folks useless, based on the group Iran Human Rights.

From initially calling for a repeal of obligatory head coverings, which have been required by legislation since 1983, the protesters’ calls for have escalated to insisting on the elimination of Supreme Chief Ayatollah Khamenei.

Tehran has blamed the US and Israel for the unrest, with its Intelligence Ministry accusing them of “direct involvement” in organizing the protests. One Iranian expat and journalist working for the US government-funded Voice of America Persia has claimed to be “main” the protest motion, whereas the Nationwide Endowment for Democracy, a CIA cutout, has been closely financing the Iranian opposition for years.

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