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Hossein Taeb

Title: Deputy Commander for IRGC Intelligence (Since October 2009)

Sanctions: European Union (April 12, 2011) & United States (September 29, 2010)

In September 2010, the United States designated Hossein Taeb for sanctions as a result of his involvement in human rights abuses.[1]

In April 2011, the European Union also named Taeb as an individual subject to sanctions for human rights violations. [2]

Taeb has held a number of positions within Iran’s political system, including as head of the IRGC’s exclusive Imam Hossein University, and Deputy Commander of IRGC counter-intelligence in the Ministry of Intelligence. While he was at the Ministry of Intelligence, he developed a “reputation as one of the most violent interrogators,” according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.[3]

According to Human Rights Watch, IRGC Commander Mohammed Ali Jafari appointed Taeb the Commander of the Basij in 2007. [4]

During the post-election protests in 2009, Basij forces under Taeb’s command engaged in “mass beatings, murders, detentions and tortures of peaceful protesters,” according to the Official Journal of the European Union. [5] Iranian human rights organizations also charged that the forces were guilty of “home invasions, destruction of property, and rape.” [6]

According to the ICHRI, in October 2009, the Iranian government removed Taeb from his post as Commander of the Basij and promoted him to head of the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization.  [7] According to Iran Focus, as head of the organization, Taeb answers directly to Supreme Leader Khamenei.[8]


[1]The White House, Press Release, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to Serious Human Rights Abuses by the Government of Iran and Taking Certain Other Actions,” September 29, 2010. (http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/pdf/2010iransanctions.eo.annex.rel.pdf)

[2]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, April 12, 2011. p. 100/7.

[3]“Men of Violence: Perpetrators of the Post-Election Crackdown,” The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, June 2010, page 7. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/wp-content/wp-content/menofviolence/Men-of-Violence-English.pdf)

[4]Human Rights Watch, Press Release, “Iran: Investigate Security Chiefs in Post-Election Abuse,” August 14, 2009. (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/08/14/iran-investigate-security-chiefs-post-election-abuse)

[5]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 of 12 April 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities, and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, April 12, 2011. p. 100/7.

[6]“A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran,” Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, March 2, 2011. (http://www.iranhrdc.org/english/publications/reports/3162-a-year-later-suppression-continues-in-iran.html?p=21)

[7]“Men of Violence: Perpetrators of the Post-Election Crackdown,” The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, June 2010. (http://www.iranhumanrights.org/wp-content/wp-content/menofviolence/Men-of-Violence-English.pdf)

[8]“Iran’s New Spymaster,” Iran Focus, June 20, 2010. (http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20815:irans-new-spymaster&catid=29:exclusive-reports&Itemid=42)