On Wednesday the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released a statement saying the Treasury had taken action against Iran’s Interior Minister "for his role in serious human rights abuses against Iranians." Also sanctioned were seven "senior officials of Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) and a provincial commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). "
The US Treasury also singled out several Iranian organizations involved in Iran’s "energy, construction, services, technology, and banking industries."
“The Iranian regime violently suppresses dissent of the Iranian people, including peaceful protests, through physical and psychological abuse,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to hold accountable Iranian officials and institutions that oppress and abuse their own people.”
The statement said that Iran's law enforcement forces had "played a key role in government crackdowns on protesters," and they operate detention centers "associated with physical and psychological abuses."
"The LEF has begun to crack down on Afghan migrants in Iran, sending them to deportation centers where the IRGC has reportedly coerced many into fighting for Iranian militias in Syria. In May 2020, the LEF was implicated in the torture and drowning of Afghan nationals attempting to cross into Iran," said the report.
The Treasury statement mentioned sanctions against the LEF and IRGC from June 9, 2011, for being "responsible for or complicit in serious human rights abuses that have occurred since the disputed June 2009 presidential election and ensuing protests." The report also mentioned IRGC's involvement in Syria.
The sanctions mean that all "property and interests in property" of the sanctioned individuals and organizations that are in the US or in the control of US citizens must be blocked and reported to the US Treasury.