Austria in favor of additional sanctions against Iran – EURACTIV.com
The Austrian government has called for the extension of sanctions against Iran alongside five other EU countries following the women’s protests and subsequent government crackdown.
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16 at the hands of Iranian “morals police” sparked an uprising in Iran and sparked outrage across the West, including in Vienna.
Austria supports “together with our European partners”, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic, the extension of sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in Iran, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
According to information from Spiegel, those listed are “representatives of Iran’s repressive apparatus”, including political representatives. These would likely be “smart sanctions” where the EU would target specific individuals rather than the entire economy of the country, as it has done with Russia.
The Austrian government is under pressure to achieve this, while its parliamentarians are pushing for action.
“The federal government is called upon to work to prevent and combat violence against women, including sexual and gender-based violence, and to address relevant individual cases such as the case of Mahsa Amini, also at the bilateral level,” said the Greens. foreign affairs and human rights spokesperson Ewa Ernst-Dziedzic on September 30.
Previously, the bloc imposed tough sanctions on Iran to force it to abandon its nuclear program. These had been partially lifted in exchange for concessions from the country.
(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV.de)