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WSJ: „The U.S. imposed sanctions Thursday on the Iranian state airline and a ports operator for allegedly helping the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps move weapons to Tehran’s allies around the Middle East. The sanctions are the latest American bid to use economic pressure to try to weaken the Tehran regime, the main U.S. nemesis in the region. Top administration officials said Thursday’s action was targeted specifically at the Revolutionary Guard, an elite unit of Iran’s security forces they said is Tehran’s domestic enforcer, plays a major role in proliferation activity, supports terrorism in the region, and commits human-rights abuses at home. The U.S. Treasury targeted Tidewater Middle East Co., a port operator it says is owned by the Guard, and Iran Air, a carrier used by the Guard and Iranian military. Sanctions were also levied on an Iranian official, Behnam Shahriyari, for allegedly helping to provide weapons to Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group… Tidewater Middle East has operations at seven Iranian ports, including the country’s biggest shipping-container facility. „The Iranian Government has repeatedly used Tidewater-managed ports to export arms or related materiel“ in violation of United Nations resolutions, Treasury said. Shipping firms that knowingly do business with Tidewater Middle East could be barred from dealing with U.S. financial institutions, which Treasury officials said could put pressure on an important part of Iran’s trade infrastructure. Treasury officials said they weren’t sure if Tidewater had any assets in the U.S. that could be frozen. They also said the sanctions wouldn’t affect Iran’s oil trade, which bypasses Tidewater-controlled ports.“ http://t.uani.com/ijoP3d
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DEATH IN PRISON: NO ONE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Since 2003, 17 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience have died while in custody in Iranian prisons allegedly due to torture, medical neglect, and misconduct of prison authorities. Six of the prisoners were detained and died after the 2009 election and the ensuing crackdown on government critics and political opponents. For most of these deaths, no one has yet been held accountable, despite the fact that in all these instances, family members or lawyers of the prisoners have alleged that authorities were responsible for the deaths due to their physical abuse of the inmate or inadequate medical attention.
Following Blacklisting of Iran’s Major Port Operator, UANI Urges Shipping Companies to End Business in Iran
New York, NY – Today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded the U.S. Treasury Department for blacklisting Tidewater Middle East Co. and Iran Air for their ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their involvement in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. UANI repeated its call to companies around the world to stop doing business with Iran.
In a statement, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace said:
In designating Tidewater and Iran Air weapons proliferators, the U.S. Treasury Department has highlighted Iran’s common tactic of exploiting shipping and cargo carriers. The regime has a long history of falsifying cargo declarations and deceiving other nations in order to illegally import nuclear technology and ship weapons to terrorist groups.