"We deplore the continuing increase in executions and the widespread repression of Iranian citizens, including human rights defenders, journalists and members of the opposition."
-- EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton
According to Reuters the European Union has imposed sanctions targeting 17 Iranian officials whom it says play key roles in serious human rights violations.
Among the names on the list are the head of the Iranian judiciary, Sadeq Larijani for signing off death sentences that include stoning, floggings, amputations and the pouring of acid into the eyes of those convicted.
Equipment that can monitor or intercept telecommunications are banned from exportation to Iran.
Khameini's representative to the Revolutionary Guards Ali Saeedi and Ali Mirhedjazi the deputy chief of the Supreme Leaders office have also been sanctioned for alleged responsibility in the violent suppression of opposition protests.
Also targeted was the head of the state broadcasting network Ezzatollah Zarghami for broadcasting "show-trials" as well as Reza Taqipour the minister of information and communication for controlling and censoring the internet.
The rest of those blacklisted include a judge and several prosecutors as well as the interior minister for political affairs for infringing on press freedoms.
The EU has also placed a ban on the export of equipment that could be used to monitor or block telecommunications.