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GitLab is banning Iranians

Since few days ago, GitLab is restricting Iranians from accessing its services and is also banning Iranian users’ accounts. A GitLab Support employee confirmed this.

GitLab Support message about banning Iranians
GitLab Support message about banning Iranians

Sadly, United States doesn’t stop its terrible and ridicules laws and sanctions. I remember talking about this a lot. Restricting Iranian software developers from using a git service is totally ridiculous and unbelievable.

Iranians are an important and very efficient part of the free software community. Restricting them can only harm the community and progress and success of the free software community.

More importantly, the law is discriminatory. Banning people from using a service because of the bad their government did is discriminatory and inhumane.

United States have done very awful stuff during years but nobody bans Americans from using European and/or Asian services. It’s hard to believe that these sanctions are only targeting the Iranian government. Even if it was targeting the government only, the sanctions should be on officials and/or certain range, not on the nationality.

There are great free software alternatives for GitHub and GitLab. Codeberg.org for example is one of the bests. We should encourage people to use decentralized and non-discriminatory services instead of GitLab and GitHub.