President Obama is expected to issue an executive order Monday that will impose sanctions on foreign nationals who – through the Internet, cellphones or other technologies -- use surveillance and monitoring to commit human rights abuses, The Washington Post reports.
The order would mark the first time the U.S. has imposed such sanctions. The governments of Syria and Iran have been accused of crackdowns by tracking the movements of dissident leaders, blocking Internet access and conducting surveillance.
The Post reports that the administration plans to announce new sanctions Monday on two Syrian “entities,” one Syrian individual and four Iranian “entities.” Administration officials who spoke to The Post did not identify the targets by name, but said that “entities” describes both government agencies and private companies in Iran and Syria.
The sanctions will include a visa ban and financial restrictions.