(OTTAWA) Canada has imposed new sanctions on Iranian officials whom Ottawa blames for the arrest of Mahsa Amini, whose death sparked widespread protests against the regime last September.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly announced a travel ban to Canada and an asset freeze affecting nine people and imprisonment for “serious and systematic human rights violations”.
The list includes four members of the so-called vice police who Canada accuses of being part of the squad that arrested Mahsa Amini on the grounds that she was not wearing the hijab properly.
It also includes a regional leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for areas where this military group has violently suppressed protests, in the province of Sistan and Balochistan.
Canada’s 11th round of sanctions against Iran since last fall also includes Gohardasht prison, a notorious facility west of Tehran also known as Rajaei Shahr, where the state has executed scores of people .
The sanctions also include the senior management of drone company Paravar Pars, which allegedly sent weapons to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.