Thursday , 2 February 2023

Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions On Iran Over “Intensifying” Protest Crackdown

Iranwire – The Canadian government has imposed fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities over the clerical regime’s “intensifying efforts to brutally repress” anti-government protests across the country.

“Canada will not stand idly by while the regime’s human rights violations increase in scope and intensity against the Iranian people,” it said in statement on December 2.

“That is why we are imposing sanctions on an additional 4 Iranian individuals and 5 entities for their roles in the regime’s gross and systematic human rights violations and actions that continue to threaten international peace and security”.

The targeted individuals include Morteza Talaei, a general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC); Ali Ghanaatkar Mavardiani, a senior judge, prosecutor and interrogator who has worked in the court of Tehran’s Evin prison; Hassan Karami, commander of the Law Enforcement Forces Special Units.

“As the Iranian regime continues to clamp down violently on Iranian society, we affirm our solidarity with the people of Iran, who have bravely called out the regime for its human rights abuses — especially those of women and girls,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in the statement.

Iran has been gripped by protests demanding more freedoms and women’s rights since the September death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of morality police. The protest movement has grown to become one of the biggest threats to the clerical regime since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

More than 440 people have been killed in the state crackdown, including dozens of children, and at least 18,000 others have been detained, according to rights activists. Several people have been sentenced to death over the protests.