Yadollah Javani, the Deputy Political Commander of the IRGC, have led their respective organizations in violently suppressing protests;
Yadollah Javani is a Brigadier General and the head of the political bureau of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the powerful and influential branch of Iran’s military, founded after the Iranian revolution.
Javani has been notable for his firm stand against protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Before the election Javani had stated that a “velvet revolution” would be “quashed before it is born.” Javani has attacked opposition leaders, who claimed the election was fraudulent, of causing the unrest as well as killing civilians in the Basij forces. “In this election, for the first time, certain candidates claimed fraud and by causing unrest killed and injured many including 8 members of the Basij.” According to outlookseries.com, the official Iranian IRNA news agency reports that Javani has called for the prosecution of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi, former President Mohammed Khatami, and defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, for inciting violence.
On 13 April, 2011, the European Union placed seventeen Iranian officials on the human rights sanctions list, including Yadollah Javani, for their role in widespread and gross violations of the rights of Iranian citizens. According to the decision, Javani will be barred from entering the countries of the union and all his assets will be confiscated in Europe. According to the EU statement, Yadollah Javani was “one of the first high-ranking officials in the Islamic Republic to call for the arrest of Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami.”
– Political deputy of the IRGC, National (1999 – Dec 2011)
– Senior advisor to S.L Rep in the IRGC, National (Dec 2011 – 18 Mar 2018)
– Political Deputy of the IRGC, National (18 Mar 2018 – present)
Human Rights Violation: Participation in the suppression of peaceful protests (2009)
Human Rights Violation: Participation in the suppression of protests (1 Jan 2018)
Human Rights Violation: Participation in the suppression of protesters (Nov 2019)
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» 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 6, 2022 pursuant to Executive Order 13553 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC;