US Considers Designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group

4 July, 2018

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

Members of the IRGC march in a Tehran parade. (Reuters)
Washington – Moaz al-Omari

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its classification on the list of terrorist organizations was currently discussed by the US administration, CNN quoted US officials as saying.

Sources close to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he supported the IRGC’s classification on the terrorism list.

The sources pointed out that this move has been on the table of discussion for months, and was being studied intensively recently as part of the United States’ escalation in strategy towards Iran.

According to CNN, the move would allow the US Treasury, Justice and State departments to freeze IRGC assets, target its leadership criminally and restrict its travel.

Separately, a US human rights report revealed Iranian inhumane practices towards children, women and immigrants. The report classified Iran as one of the worst human rights and human trafficking countries of 2018. Syria, Myanmar and Yemen are also on the list.

According to the US State Department report, a number of Iranian government officials are accused of complicity in human trafficking, such as forced recruitment of men and boys. The report also emphasized the recruitment of Afghans under the age of 13 in Iran, to fight with Iranian-backed militias in the Middle East.

The Iranian government has also provided financial support to the militias fighting in Iraq, the report said, adding that Tehran continued to detain migrants, some of whom may be victims of human trafficking, in detention centers and prisons awaiting deportation.

Some of the detainees were severely physically assaulted and sometimes killed, according to the report.

Officials in international human rights organizations said they identified 800 women who had been victims of a smuggling network abroad for prostitution in countries neighboring Iran such as Iraq, Turkey and Pakistan, as well as Europe.