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Gholamreza Soleimani

Terror organization: Iranian Basij;

Status: Head of the Iranian Basij;

Role: Head of the Basij since 2019, he is involved personally and as a commander in human rights violations of Iranian citizens. During his career and especially since he was put in his current position by Khamenei, the Basij oppress, wounded, and killed a high number of Iranian citizens;

Location: Iran;

Born: 1964;

Place of Birth: Iran;

Gender: Male;

Nationality: Iran;

Known also as: Soleimani, Gholam Reza; Soleymani, Gholam Reza

Gholamreza Soleimani (Soleimani) commands the Basij, one of Iran’s most important domestic security resources. The Basij has been heavily involved in violent crackdowns in Iran, including following the June 2009 contested presidential election, and in November 2019, during Soleimani’s tenure, when the Basij reportedly were among the Iranian security organizations that collectively killed hundreds of Iranian men, women, and children. Treasury designated the Basij pursuant to E.O. 13553 on June 9, 2011, for, among other activity, its role in the 2009 post-election crackdown. Soleimani was sanctioned by the European Union in April 2021 for his role in the violent response to the November 2019 protests;

Brigadier General Gholamreza Soleimani was appointed by the Supreme Leader on July 2, 2019 as the Commander of the Basij Resistance Force, a paramilitary force subordinate to IRGC. Among other malign activities, the IRGC’s Basij militia recruits, trains, and deploys child soldiers to fight in IRGC-fueled conflicts across the region;

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