The Jerusalem Post

GOP introduces bill to impose sanctions on Khamenei, Raisi


WASHINGTON – Seventeen Senate Republican­s introduced a bill on Friday that seeks to impose sanctions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi, who was elected president in June.

The bill calls on President Joe Biden to impose sanctions on the two in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountabi­lity Act.

“The Biden administra­tion has rushed to dismantle sanctions on the Iranian regime and is looking to remove what’s left of American pressure,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led the legislatio­n, said in a statement. “They have publicly committed to revoking Trump-era sanctions, including sanctions against Ayatollah Khamenei and Iran’s President-elect.”

Cruz went on to say that

Khamenei “uses corruption, violence, and confiscati­on to amass wealth stolen from the Iranian people” and that “President-elect Raisi is responsibl­e for the butchering of tens of thousands of innocent Iranians. They should both be subject to the full force of American sanctions.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) said that “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and new President Ebrahim Raisi both have atrocious human rights records,” saying “they’ve presided over the executions of thousands of political prisoners and the mass arrests of journalist­s, lawyers and American citizens. Instead of considerin­g lifting sanctions on these terrible human rights abusers, the United States must take a stand against the corrupt and dangerous regime in Iran. Sanctionin­g two of the world’s biggest human rights offenders is a good place to start.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) said that America must hold Iranian leaders accountabl­e “for decades of violence, terrorism and human rights abuses, and Ayatollah Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi should be sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act.”

He added that “as the Iranian regime cracks down on Iranians demanding basic freedoms, now is not the time for America to ease pressure on despots who have systematic­ally oppressed their own people and jeopardize­d the security of the rest of the world.”

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountabi­lity Act, named after tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in a Moscow prison in 2009, authorizes the US government to sanction individual­s responsibl­e for human rights abuses and corruption.

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