Mahmoud ABBASZADEH- MESHKINI
Human rights violations:
Interior Ministry’s political director. As Head of the Article 10 Committee of the Law on Activities of Political Parties and Groups he is in charge of authorising demonstrations and other public events and registering political parties. In 2010, he suspended the activities of two reformist political parties linked to Mousavi – the Islamic Iran Participation Front and the Islamic Revolution Mujahedeen Organization. From 2009 onwards he has consistently and continuously prohibited all non-governmental gatherings, therefore denying a constitutional right to protest and leading to many arrests of peaceful demonstrators in contravention of the right to freedom of assembly. In 2009 he also denied the opposition a permit for a ceremony to mourn people killed in protests over the Presidential elections.
on 10 October 2011, the European Union published the names of 17 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran including Mahmoud ABBASZADEH- MESHKINI whom the E.U. asserts are responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes. 1