NIAC's Position on Sanctions
- NIAC opposes broad sanctions that hurt ordinary Iranians.
- NIAC supports targeted measures against human rights violators in Iran’s government.
- NIAC supports removing restrictions on Internet communication tools,
humanitarian relief, and human rights and civil society organizations.
For too long, US policymakers have focused exclusively on imposing
broad-brush sanctions that fail to distinguish between Iran’s government
and its people. Iranians have lived under a double burden for decades,
suffering not only under the repression of their own government, but
also struggling with hardships imposed by US sanctions. Even as Iranians
have taken to the streets to bravely stand up to Iran’s rulers and
demand their rights, US sanctions continue to deny Iranians critical
tools and services to advance free expression, promote human rights and
civil society, and connect Iranians to the world community.
NIAC is leading the call for a new US approach to Iran—one that
decreases pressure on the Iranian people while simultaneously increasing
pressure on Iran’s rulers. NIAC has worked to eliminate US restrictions
that block Iranians from communicating via the Internet and prevent US
human rights, civil society, and relief organizations from working in
Iran. At the same time, NIAC supports precision sanctions focused
squarely on human rights abusers who repress the Iranian people. By
eliminating restrictions that punish innocent Iranians and tightening
sanctions targeting Iran’s government, the United States can stand with
the Iranian people.