Obama Admin Says Officials Who Sanction Kidnaps, Torture, Murder Deserve Blacklist Sanctions . . . Except US
Finally, the Obama Administration and human rights advocates agree that when government officials condone, order or engage in kidnappings, renditions, blackmail, beatings and torture, those officials should be held personally accountable and sanctioned under international law. . . .
. . . Provided those government officials are all Iranians. from the NYT via AP:
Under an executive order signed this week by President Barack Obama, the State and Treasury departments jointly announced the sanctions that target Iranians who "share responsibility for the sustained and severe violation of human rights in Iran," notably after last year’s disputed presidential elections.
At a State Department news conference, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said it was the first time the United States has imposed sanctions on Iranians for violating human rights. . . .
"On these officials’ watch or under their command, Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily arrested, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed," Clinton said. "Yet the Iranian government has ignored repeated calls from the international community to end these abuses."
The move bars the eight Iranians from entering the United States, blocks any of their U.S. assets and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.
Although none of the eight is believed to have substantial assets in U.S. jurisdictions, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he expects foreign financial institutions to stop doing business with them.
Of course, if the Administration really cared about human rights and the rule of law, this order would apply to dozens of the highest officials in the Bush and Obama regimes. But don’t expect any of them to be lawyering up, nor expect the AP to notice the, uh, irony.
Buck up, everyone!
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