GECHR welcomes the decision of the Saudi and Bahrain to put Qassem Soleimani and Iranian Revolutionary Guard on the terrorism list

The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights


GECHR welcomes the decision of the Saudi and Bahrain to put Qassem Soleimani and Iranian Revolutionary Guard on the terrorism list


24th October 2018


On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, were listed on the terrorism list by Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain.  

In the framework of joint coordination, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have listed four names previously classified by the US Treasury Department as providing financial and material support for Iran's alleged sabotage activities: 1) Qassem Soleimani 2)Hamed Abdul Lahi 3)Abdul Rida Shahlai 4)Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

These Iranian figures, particularly the Guards Revolutionary in general through supporting terrorism threatens the stability of the Gulf countries, in particular, and the countries in the Middle East in general.  

In fact, Iranian threats against the Gulf States are not recent. They began in wake of the revolution in Iran in 1979. Presently, the Iranian authorities pose a threat to international peace in the Gulf region through militia groups in Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

The IRGC carried out acts of sabotage, terrorism and interference to threaten regional security in the Gulf Arab states and other countries region, including worldwide, causing many innocent people to lose their lives due to Iranian interference. For example:


  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards have responsibility for a number of bombings against various targets around the world such as the United States, the French Embassy, and Kuwait Airport, as well as the terrorist attack on the late Emir Sheikh Jabber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in the 1980s in cooperation with the Iraqi Dawa Party and the Lebanese Hezbollah.
  • Riots instigated by Iranian pilgrims during the pilgrimage season in 1986, which resulted in the death of more than 300 people. In which the IRGC was planned to detonate multiple areas in Saudi Arabia.  
  • The IRGC attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, and the consulate in Mashhad.
  • Terrorist acts that targeted Saudi and American citizens in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1991.
  • The explosion in the city of Khobar in 1996 that killed 19 Americans and wounded 386 people of different nationalities in Saudi territory.
  • The discovery of the Kuwaiti «Hezbollah» by the Kuwaiti security authorities’ in 2015. The Kuwaiti group has a link with the Lebanese «Hezbollah».
  • Encouraging and supporting terrorist groups in Bahrain since 2011 openly and continuously, this has caused the death of a number of civilian and military Bahrainis.
  • Attempting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington in 2011.
  • Establishing and supporting more than 120 Militias in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain, which caused the death of more than half a million civilians.
  • Running the war against the legitimate state in Yemen, which caused the death of more than 20 thousands civilians.
  • Involvement of assassination former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafig Hariri.
  • Involvement of the assassination of Ahmad Molla in the Netherlands in November 2017.
  • Involvement of assassination against 265 Iranian political and cultural activists in Turkey, Europe and the USA.


Therefore, International Security Law according to Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations and the institutions of the Security Council of the United Nations is meant to support international peace and security in the world under Article 24 of the Charter (The Collective Security Council). Thus, collective security is a product of law, which mainly focuses on the behaviour of sovereign states and the conflict they engage in among themselves, aimed at reducing conflicts in order to prevent a threat to international peace caused by threats to regional security.  Hence, this law gives Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain full right to punish Iranian figures by adding them to the terrorism list.

In addition, GECHR has announced its support for the announcement issued by Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain on the "classification of three Iranian figures, including the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Qassem Soleimani and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on the terrorism list".

GECHR also called upon on international community to confront Iranian authorities and add the vast majority of the regime figures on the terrorism list. This act can weaken the regime activity in the region and worldwide, as well as weakening the regime to target political and other Iranian activists who live inside and outside the country.


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