SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will impose targeted sanctions on Russia and Iran in response to “egregious” human rights abuses, Australia’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement that Australia had imposed Magnitsky-style sanctions on 13 individuals and two organizations. Among them are the Iranian Morality Police and the Basij Resistance Force, and her six Iranians who were involved in cracking down on the protests sparked by her 22-year-old death, who were detained in September. Mahsa Amini.
In an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, Wong said sanctions had been applied to Iran’s senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Seyed Sadek Hosseini. He was listed for his alleged role in the “use of indiscriminate violence against protesters”.
“The Iranian regime’s flagrant and widespread disregard for the human rights of its own people is appalling to Australians and the perpetrators must be held accountable,” Wong wrote in Saturday’s newspaper.
Human rights sanctions will also be imposed on seven Russians implicated in the attempted assassination of former opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Wong said in a statement with Assistant Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Tim Watts.
In addition to human rights sanctions, Wong has also imposed more targeted financial sanctions against three Iranians and an Iranian company for supplying drones to Russia for Australia to use against Ukraine. said.
“The supply of drones to Russia is evidence of the role Iran plays in destabilizing global security. I emphasize that,” she said.
The announcement follows targeted financial sanctions by Australia’s centre-left Labor government in October after President Vladimir Putin declared the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, along with 28 Russian-appointed separatists. , after imposing travel bans on ministers and high-ranking officials.
Since the conflict began, Australia has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian individuals and entities, including most of Russia’s banking sector and all entities responsible for the country’s government debt.
It also provided defense equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and banned the export of alumina and aluminum ore, including bauxite, to Russia.
Australia’s previous Free Peoples Union government first imposed Magnitsky-style sanctions — financial penalties and travel bans on individuals — against 14 Russians in March.
Reported by Sam McKeith. Edited by Bill Berkrot and William Mallard
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