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Hosseini Sajedi-Nia

Title: Head of the Tehran Police

Sanctions: European Union (April 12, 2011)

In April 2011, the European Union sanctioned Hosseini Sajedi-Nia for human rights violations. According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Sajedi-Nia is responsible for coordinating repression operations for the Ministry of the Interior in Tehran. [1]

Sajedi-Nia has also participated actively in the Iranian’s regime efforts to police personal behaviors. In April 2010, The Telegraph reported that Sajedi-Nia had called for suntanned women to be arrested, saying that “We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.” [2]

In addition, Ynet News reported that Sajedi-Nia had ordered police to arrest people listening to rap music. Sajedi-Nia claims that those listening to rap music “pave the way to alienating the younger generation from the culture of Islam.”[3]

[1]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 14, 2011, p. 100/7.

[2]Damien McElroy & Ahmad Vahdat, “Suntanned Women to Be Arrested under Islamic Dress Code,” The Telegraph (U.K.), April 27, 2010. (

[3]Dudi Cohen, “Iranian Authorities Take on Rap Music,” Ynet News, November 7, 2010. (,7340,L-3981126,00.html)