Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre confirmed Monday night that Norway will adopt new EU sanctions against Iran, calling it “a clear signal of protest from Europe.” The sanctions come after a young woman died while in police custody for allegedly not covering all of her hair with a hijab.
At least 215 people demonstrating against the fate of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have since been killed in violent confrontations with Iranian police. The new sanctions are directed against Iran’s minister of information, the country’s so-called “moral police,” the Revolutionary Guard’s IT division, the extremist Basij militia and a division of the Iranian police.
Støre said Norway has been in “close contact” with the EU on the sanctions. “We have protested markedly against Iran’s violations of human rights,” Støre told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “There’s been violent reaction from the police against those who protest, so we stand together with the EU on these recent sanctions.”
The president of the Norwegian Parliament, whose family came to Norway when he was a child, has also spoken out against the Iranian government in a personal appeal on social media.