Federal government announces new Iran sanctions


Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly introduced Thursday that Canada is including extra Iranian officers and entities to the sanctions checklist.

The measures will imply 17 people and three entities are barred from getting into Canada or doing enterprise with most Canadian corporations.

That consists of Saeed Mortazavi, the prosecutor who ordered the torture of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian Canadian journalist who died in custody in 2003.

Joly says these sanctions are focused at Iranian officers who’ve dedicated or enabled human-rights violations in opposition to ladies, or perpetuated disinformation.

“The actions of the Iranian regime converse for themselves — the world has watched for years because it has pursued its agenda of violence, concern and propaganda,” Joly stated in a information launch. 

“Canada will proceed to defend human rights and we are going to proceed to face in solidarity with the Iranian individuals, together with ladies and youth, who’re courageously demanding a future the place their human rights can be totally revered.”

The checklist additionally consists of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s overseas minister from 2013 to 2021, whom Canadian teams had requested to be sanctioned.

The new sanctions are along with the 25 people and 9 entities the government sanctioned final week.

Later on Thursday, ministers will share extra particulars on the spherical of sanctions introduced final Friday, which are supposed to bar high-ranking members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps from getting into Canada, for all times.


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