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Mohammad Saleh Jokar

Title: Commander of the Student Basij Forces

Sanctions: European Union (October 12, 2011)

According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Mohammad Saleh Jokar was sanctioned by the European Union for his involvement in suppressing protests at schools and extra-judicial detention of journalists and activists.[1]

According to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Basij have run programs in Iran for middle school and high school students since 1984. Jokar commented that primary schools were targeted to introduce Iran’s children to “Basij culture, so that they will be fully prepared when they go on to join its ranks in a few years’ time.” Jokar asserted that 4.6 million children have signed up to the basij, out of Iran’s 14 million school children.[2]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 Implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 10, 2011, page 4. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:267:0001:0006:EN:PDF)

[2]“Teenage Paramilitaries in Iran,” Institute for War and Peace Reporting, June 30, 2010. (http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,IWPR,,IRN,,4d35820a2,0.html)