EU to expand sanctions on Iran over human rights abuses

March 7, 2013 21:48

BRUSSELS - European Union governments will impose sanctions next week on nine Iranian officials and other people they blame for human rights violations in the Islamic Republic, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

The United Nations reported last week that Iran has stepped up executions of prisoners including juveniles as well as arrests of dissidents who are often tortured in jail, sometimes to death.The new EU sanctions are separate from measures imposed on Iran over its nuclear program which governments in the EU and elsewhere suspect has a covert military dimension.

They extend existing EU measures imposed in the past over human rights violations, which currently target 78 people, including officials such as the head of Iran's judiciary Sadeq Larijani and the head of the state broadcasting network, Ezzatollah Zarghami.

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