Canada imposes fresh sanctions on Iran over human rights violations

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Canada is imposing new sanctions against Iran under Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations for gross human rights violations that have been committed in Iran including its systematic persecution of women especially in view of the death of Mahsa Amini while under moral police custody.

“Canada will continue to speak up and defend human rights – women’s rights—because it is the right thing to do. Our message to Iran is clear: the continued and systemic persecution of Iranian women must stop and they will be held accountable for human rights violations and blatant disregard for human life. Canada applauds the courage and actions of Iranians and will stand by them as they fight for their rights and dignity.” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

These new measures build on the Government of Canada’s existing sanctions regime and list 25 individuals and 9 entities. Among the individuals and entities listed are senior Iranian officials and prominent entities that directly implement repressive measures, violate human rights, and spread the Iranian regime’s propaganda and misinformation.

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It includes the name of Mohammed-Hossein Bagheri, Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces; Major General Hossein Salami, Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

These measures prohibit dealings related to the listed individuals and entities, effectively freezing any assets they may hold in Canada. Individuals listed in response to gross and systematic violations of human rights are also rendered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Already prior to it, Canada had imposed sanctions on a total of 41 Iranian individuals and 161 Iranian entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the regime’s security, intelligence, and economic apparatus.

In 2012, Canada designated the state of Iran as a supporter of terrorism under the State Immunity Act. In concert with the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, this listing allows victims to bring a civil action against Iran for losses or damages from an act of terrorism with links to Iran committed anywhere in the world.


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