December 21, 2018

NIAC Calls on Slack to End Over-Compliance and End Discrimination Against Iranian Nationals

In a new letter, the National Iranian-American Council, the leading voice for the Iranian-American community, is demanding that the technology company Slack stop its over-compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran and end discrimination against Iranian nationals.

VIEW THE LETTER HERE: https://www.niacouncil.org/niac-sends-letter-slack-account-closures/.

“Slack’s random and unwarranted barring of Iranian nationals appears to be yet another reminder of just how dated and ham-handed our Iran sanctions are. Individuals in the United States should not be barred from accessing a tool that shouldn’t need to be barred from Iranians in the first place. Unfortunately, until sanctions pressure is ultimately relieved individuals in the United States will continue to feel the spillover effects of sanctions overcompliance – whether in banking or using an app.” explained Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian-American Council. “NIAC’s letter today calls on Slack to take steps to ensure its sanctions compliance is not overly broad and does not result in discrimination against Iranian nationals. We hope that they will work overtime to restore access to those who have been erroneously barred and to explore whether their technology needs to be restricted in the first place.”

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