Hossein Modarres Khiabani (Khiabani) is the governor of Sistan and Baluchistan province, site of some of the worst violence in the latest round of protests. On September 30, 2022, after Friday prayers in the provincial capital, Zahedan, security forces fired live ammunition, tear gas, and metal pellets at protesters and bystanders, killing at least 80 people, including several children. Hundreds more were injured. Khiabani, in his role as governor, had responsibility for oversight of Iranian security forces’ violent response to those protests.
Khiabani is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13553 for being an official of the Government of Iran and being responsible for or complicit in, or responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian citizens or residents, or the family members of the foregoing, on or after June 12, 2009, regardless of whether such abuses occurred in Iran.
Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan
Human Rights Abuse
Also Known As:
(Arabic: حسین مدرس خیابانی)
Sistan and Baluchistan
Mar 1968 to Mar 1969
Reason for the color:
» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on October 26, 2022 pursuant to Executive Order 13553 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC;
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