Canada has imposed a fourth package of sanctions against the Iranian clerical regime over what it called “ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations and continued actions to destabilize peace and security.”
The new sanctions list includes four individuals and two entities believed to be involved in human rights abuse “either in Iran or in the regime’s malign activities abroad, including by attacking other states,” the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement on October 31.
Three of the targeted individuals have “participated directly in the Iranian regime’s unjust and systematic persecution of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority,” it added.
The September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Tehran’s morality police has triggered a wave of nationwide demonstrations against Iran’s clerical establishment.
Security services have unleashed a fierce crackdown on the mainly peaceful protests in which at least 253 people have been killed, including 34 children, according to one human rights organization. Several thousand people have been arrested.
Canada’s new sanctions list includes Tehran police commander Hossein Rahimi, deputy attorney general Ahmad Fazelian, Asadollah Jafari, the judiciary head in North Khorasan province, and Seyed Morteza Mousavi, the judiciary deputy head in Mazandaran province.
Iran’s police force was also targeted for participating “in the lethal suppression and arbitrary arrest of unarmed Iranian protestors,” along with Al-Mustafa International University, which “spreads the regime’s ideology abroad.”
The measures prohibit dealings with the listed individuals and entities, effectively freezing any assets they may hold in Canada.
“The Iranian people, including women and youths, are risking their lives because they have endured for far too long a regime that has repressed and violated their humanity. They are demanding that their human rights be respected, and it is our duty to echo and amplify their voices," said Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign minister.