EU extends Iran sanctions by one year over human rights violations

EU extends rights sanctions on Iran

EU extends rights sanctions on Iran

The European Union says it has chose to prolong sanctions against Iran over its human rights record for another year.

The Council of the European Union on Thursday extended the sanctions put on Iran over "serious" human rights violations by a year until April 13, 2019.

The statement said the measures consist of "a travel ban and an asset freeze against 82 people and one entity", and "a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression and of equipment for monitoring telecommunications".

In early 2016, the European Union lifted all its economic and financial sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program. However, the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran in February 2017 over its January medium-range ballistic missile test.

The move came after Tehran and world powers struck a deal in July 2015 to limit Iran's nuclear activities.

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