Canada imposes new sanctions on Iranian groups and officials for executions

In Great Britain, a group of women protest the repression in Iran, referring to the series “The Handmaid’s Tale” | Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP

The Canadian government on Monday announced a new round of sanctions against Iranian organizations and officials accused of complicity with the government in the “brutal suppression of bold Iranian voices”.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the Iranian people, who continue to experience serious violations of their most basic human rights,” said Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly. “The Iranian regime must end its horrendous repression of protests,” he said.

Iranian courts announced three new death sentences on Monday, 48 hours after the executions of two demonstrators, sparking a new wave of international outrage.

The Canadian government decided to sanction, in particular, the 15th Khordad Foundation, which “funds the operations of the highest echelons of the regime” and “implements the internal policies” of the Iranian authorities.

The foundation which for years offered a bounty for anyone who killed Salman Rushdie, an Indian-born British-American writer, has also faced US sanctions since late October.

In addition, Canada imposed sanctions on organizations associated with the Iranian press, such as Iranian newspapers, which are accused of spreading regime disinformation and propaganda, as well as the Press Oversight Council, a body capable of shutting down media and magazines.

The Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth of the Islamic Republic, Vahid Yaminpour, “in charge of state propaganda”, which features broadcasts in state-controlled media that “spread the regime’s arguments”, was also on the list.

Those who are sanctioned are barred from making transactions within Canada’s financial system and their assets in the country will be frozen. In addition, affected persons are prohibited from entering Canadian territory.

In total, the Canadian government has imposed sanctions on 127 Iranians and 189 entities in recent months.


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