BRUSSELS, January 19 (Reuters) – European lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution calling for increased sanctions against all Iranian individuals and entities responsible for human rights violations, and also voted to recognize the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist entity.
“Iranian authorities must end the crackdown on their own citizens (…) Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi should be added to the sanctions list,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
In September, anti-government demonstrations broke out in Iran following the death in custody of Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the vice squad that enforced the Islamic Republic’s mandatory dress code for women.
“The Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for human dignity and the democratic aspirations of its own citizens, as well as its support for Russia, “need further adjustments in the EU’s position towards Iran,” the resolution adopted.
Iran previously warned that the European Union would “shoot itself in the foot” if it labeled the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist entity.
On Wednesday, the European Parliament called on the EU to list the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, accusing it of repressing internal protesters and supplying the Russian military with drones for use in Ukraine.
Iran and world powers, including EU member states France and Germany, have been in negotiations since 2021 to revive a 2015 nuclear deal, with talks deadlocked since September. (Reporting by Andrew Gray and Benoit Van Overstraeten; editing by Angus MacSwan)