U.S. is to lift sanctions on consumer communication hardware, software and services, including laptops, mobiles and VPN. The action helps ordinary Iranians who have been affected by the sanctions. The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which led the campaign to lift communications sanctions, applauded Obama Administration’s decision.
“Lifting these sanctions is an extremely positive step,” said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. “There was no better example of sanctions that undermined human rights and civil society efforts of Iranians, and helped the regime.” (NIAC, 29 May)
“Iranians have been squeezed between a repressive government on one side and crippling sanctions on the other,” said Abdi. “Now the U.S. is taking steps to ensure that, as Iran’s government cracks down on Internet access and SMS, sanctions will no longer block cell phones, software, and hardware.”
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