Canada imposes new sanctions against Iran over protests, drones

The Canadian government said on Monday it was targeting two entities and eight individuals as part of new sanctions against Iran over human rights violations and production of drones and ballistic missiles.

Reason for Canada’s sanctions against Iran

Canada’s latest round of sanctions against Iran, the 10th since October, targets individuals including senior officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) for “gross and systematic human rights violations” in Tehran and northwestern Iran, the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Sanctions also target senior Iranian officials involved in unmanned aerial vehicle and ballistic missile production, the ministry said.

Tension between Iran and the West have mounted over Tehran’s nuclear activity and its supply of drones for Russia’s war in Ukraine, as well as the Islamic Republic’s clampdown on months of anti-government-protests. Tehran denies selling drones to Moscow for use in the Ukraine war.

“We call on the Iranian regime to stop the brutal oppression of Iran’s people and to address their demands in good faith,” Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in the statement.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during the Arbor Day ceremony in Tehran, Iran March 6, 2023. (credit: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS)

The sanctioned entities support “the Iranian regime by helping them disrupt and manipulate the online communications of those protesting the regime or by supplying the LEF with tactical equipment used in the brutal suppression of demonstrations,” according to the statement.

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