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Statement By Senators John McCain And Joe Lieberman


Location: Washington, DC

McCain, Lieberman Applaud Executive Order Sanctioning Iranian Officials

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) today made the following statement regarding the new Executive Order to sanction Iranian officials responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses:

"We welcome the Administration's new Executive Order, which enables the U.S. government to impose real sanctions and penalties on Iranian officials who have abused the human rights of Iran's citizens. This new authority is based on legislation that we introduced this year in the Senate and that was later included in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010. We are very pleased that the Administration is using this new authority to such strong effect: to put real pressure behind our government's support for the universal human rights of the people of Iran.

"The eight Iranian officials designated today are responsible for and complicit in some of the most heinous crimes against Iran's citizens -- the abuse, detention, rape, torture, and death of Iranian men and women who love their country and have done nothing more than peacefully exercise their most fundamental human rights. These eight officials are now subject to the same asset freezes, travel restrictions, and financial sanctions as those Iranians responsible for the government's nuclear weapons program and support for terrorism. This new Executive Order is a signal to every Iranian official who has, or would, violate the human rights of Iran's people: the United States will learn and list their names, publicize their abuses, and hold them accountable for their crimes.

"We call on nations everywhere that value human rights to follow our Administration's lead and implement targeted sanctions of their own against the oppressors of the Iranian people. Speaking up for human rights is good and important; exposing Iranian officials who violate these basic rights, holding them accountable, and imposing real penalties on them is even better and absolutely essential. This is the first time the U.S. government has imposed sanctions on Iranian officials for their human rights abuses. It should not be the last."

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