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Obama Targets Tech in Human Rights Abuse

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Published on Apr 24, 2012

US President Barack Obama has announced fresh sanctions against Iran, Syria and those who help them use technology to perpetrate human rights abuses.

He announced the new sanctions against "digital guns for hire" in a speech at the US Holocaust Museum.

Mr Obama has also asked US intelligence groups to include assessments of the likelihood of mass killings in its co-ordinated reports.

He said: "National sovereignty is never a licence to slaughter your people."

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Monday that he has signed an executive order allowing new sanctions against companies that enable Syria and Iran to use technology such as cell phone monitoring to carry out human rights abuses.

The order is part of a broader strategy intended to strengthen the administration's ability to prevent atrocities, including creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board, Obama said in somber remarks at the U.S. Holocaust

Memorial Museum to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"These technologies should be in place to empower citizens, not to repress them," Obama said of the measure, which targets the Syrian and Iranian governments, as well as companies that provide them with high-tech equipment to use against their own people.

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