Abdolsamad Khorramabadi

Abdolsamad Khorramabadi
1 Mar 2021
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These violations may only be part of the human rights violations that this person has been involved in. The investigation into this person's human rights record is ongoing.

On 12 March, 2013, the European Union imposed sanctions on Abdolsamad Khorramabadi for gross and widespread violations of the rights of Iranian citizens. As a result, Khoramabadi was barred from entering the European Union and his assets will be frozen in Europe.

According to the EU statement, Abdul Samad Khorramabadi, as Secretary of the Working Group on Determining Instances of Criminal Content, was responsible for repression and the blocking of numerous opposition sites, electronic newspapers, blogs, sites of human rights NGOs and of Google and Gmail since September 2012.  According to this statement, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi and the entities under his supervision were actively involved in the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti in detention.

On 30 May, 2018, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Abdolsamad Khorramabadi for being involved in "serious human rights violations" through Internet censorship in Iran. As a result, the American citizens and institutions are prohibited from any business interaction with Khorramabadi, his potential assets in the United States will be frozen, and he will be barred from travelling to the United States.

According to a statement from the US Treasury Department, Abdul Samad Khorramabadi, as Secretary of the Working Group on Determining Instances of Criminal Content, oversaw the filtering and blocking of access to political material on the Internet. According to this statement, Khorramabadi also ordered Basij forces in 2017 to crack down on cyber activities.