Canada denies territory to 10,000 Iranian regime officials
Canada on Friday announced new sanctions against Iran’s “murderous” regime, banning 10,000 officials “forever” from its territory, including members of the Revolutionary Guards, the Iranian regime’s ideological army. “This is a measure that has only been used in the most serious of circumstances against regimes that commit war crimes or genocide, such as in Bosnia and Rwanda,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added.
The Iranian regime continues to show its reprehensible disregard for human rights. Today we are using the most powerful tools at our disposal to take action against this brutal regime. Watch our announcement live: https://t.co/NGIyYqykIO
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 7, 2022
Iran is currently being swept by a protest movement, with Iranian women at the forefront, following the death in prison of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police. At least 92 people have been killed since September 16, according to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights, an official report of around 60 dead, including 12 members of the security forces.
“A repressive, theocratic and misogynist regime”
“We must hold the barbaric Iranian regime responsible, which committed murder and reigned in terror,” the Canadian Prime Minister also said, referring to Tehran’s “irresponsible disregard for human rights”. “The Iranian regime is repressive, theocratic and misogynist,” added Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.
In the Islamic Republic, the strict dress code obliges women in particular to wear the Islamic veil. In recent days, the mobilization has gone so far as to attract schoolgirls who have gathered and removed their veils or shouted anti-government slogans.
Tehran has accused outside forces of fueling the protests, including the United States, its sworn enemy. In late September, Canada imposed sanctions on a dozen Iranian officials and entities, including the Morality Police. Other countries have also taken economic retaliation, such as the United States.
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