EU criticised for lifting travel bans on Iranian officials

Shadi Sadr, a prominent Iranian activist and lawyer based in London who campaigned for travel restrictions for Iranian officials, said the EU decision would "make a mockery of travel bans". "Activists are deeply disappointed by these decisions and think their attempts have been futile," she said. "What is the point of putting individuals on travel ban if they can get away with it with a job promotion?"

She added: "For activists, the function of imposing travel bans is to name and shame officials involved in suppressing human rights in Iran. All these three officials are not only involved in Iran's nuclear programme but also serious violation of rights. The travel ban is there to make disruption in their official activities. If not, why is it there?"

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