Canada permanently banned thousands of Iranian leaders and officials from entering the country on Friday, including members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corpsin response to Tehran’s crackdown on women’s demonstrations.
Las sanctions were announced today by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland in a press conference in which they assured that the sanctioned people will never be able to travel to Canada.
To bar the entry of thousands of Iranian officials, Canada will include the tehran regimeand especially those Revolutionary Guard Corpsin a refugee protection law that Ottawa has used in the past in cases of war crimes and genocide.
The measures adopted today are the same ones that Canada used to penalize those responsible and implicated in war crimes in Bosnia or the genocide in Rwanda.
The sanctions will prevent some 10,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and senior officials from Travel to Canada, do business with entities or individuals of the country, the own canadian assets. In addition, Canada will expand its economic sanctions against Iran.
Trudeau claimed that these measures will “raise the bar internationally” for Iran to be held accountable for human rights violations in the country.
For his part, Freeland said the sanctions involve “formal recognition” that the Iranian regime is “repressive, theocratic and misogynistic.”
On October 3, Canada already imposed another round of economic sanctions against Iran for the violent repression of women’s demonstrations in the country and the actions of the Police of the morale of the regime that caused the death of the young Mahsa Amini for wearing the veil wrong.
The sanctions affected 25 individuals, including Mohammed-Hossein Bagheri, General of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi, director of the morale policey Esmail Khatib, Minister of Intelligence and Security.
But Canada’s main opposition party, the Conservative Party, accused Trudeau that the sanctions against the Iranian Morale Police they were not enough and pressured the government to take further action.
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