Iran suspends cooperation with the EU in several areas
Tehran has suspended cooperation with the EU on issues such as human rights and the fight against terrorism. The reason is new EU sanctions for human rights violations.
In response to new EU sanctions, Iran is suspending its cooperation with the European Union in several areas. The Foreign Ministry in Tehran said on Monday that the dialogue on human rights issues, anti-terrorism measures, the fight against drug trafficking and refugee issues would be suspended. The EU had previously increased its punitive measures for human rights violations in Iran.
Eight representatives of the Iranian security authorities and three prisons have been on the EU sanctions list since Monday, as announced by the EU Member States Council. The reason is their role in the violent crackdown on nationwide protests in November 2019. It is the first time since 2013 that the EU has expanded its human rights sanctions on Iran.
Against the background of the massive crackdown on critics, opposition members and journalists in the country, the EU began to impose sanctions for serious human rights violations in 2011. So far, 87 representatives from the government, judiciary, law enforcement and intelligence services have been on the list. Entry bans have been imposed on them, and possible assets in the EU have been frozen.