Human Rights Violator: Seyed Mohammad Hejazi

Full Name:

Seyed Mohammad Hosseinzadeh-Hejazi (a.k.a. Seyyed Mohammad Hejazi)


Biography:

Seyed Mohammad Hejazi was born in Isfahan around 1956. He holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Tehran.

Positions:

  • Deputy Commander of the Fourth Division of the IRGC
  • Head of the Second Division of the IRGC’s headquarters
  • Deputy Head of the Salman Operational Headquarters in the central and western fronts
  • Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Quds Force of the IRGC until the end of the Iran-Iraq War
  • Deputy Coordinator of the Basij Forces after the end of Iran-Iraq War
  • Faculty Member at Imam Hossein University
  • Commander of the Basij Forces from 11 March 1998 to 20 September 2007
  • Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the IRGCs, September 29, 2007
  • Deputy Commander of the IRGC since 22 May 2008
  • Commander of the Sarollah Base of the IRGC and Deputy IRGC Commander from 13 July 2008 to approximately 12 October 2009
  • Deputy Head of Provisions, Support, and Industrial Research for the General Staff of the Armed Forces from 12 October 2009 to 22 June 2014

Human Rights Violations (in chronological order) :

As Head of the IRGC’s Sarollah Base, Seyed Mohammad Hejazi played a major role in the violence against peaceful protesters after the 2009 presidential election.

  • Suppressing 2009 Post-election Protests

Seyed Mohammad Hejazi is responsible for covering-up the truth about violence against peaceful protesters. Hejazi authored a letter sent to the Ministry of Health on 26 June 2009, forbidding the disclosure of documents or medical records of anyone injured or hospitalized during the post-election crackdown.

  • US Sanctions

On 25 October 2007, the United States Treasury Department added Seyed Mohammad Hejazi to the Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN) for his role in the IRGC.[1]

  • EU Sanctions

On 10 October 2011, the European Union published the names of 17 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Seyed Mohammad Hejazi, whom the E.U. asserts are responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes.[2]

[1] https://justice4iran.org/publication/documents/responsible-officials-hr-abuse/

[2] EU Council statement 10 October 2011

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