Canada to sanction 25 Iran officials and morality police after Mahsa Amini death

Canada to sanction 25 Iran officials and morality police after Mahsa Amini death
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Members of the Iranian community and their supporters rally in solidarity with protesters in Iran, after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody for allegedly improperly wearing a hijab, in Ottawa on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Canada has sanctioned 25 senior Iranian officials and nine entities. Foreign Minister MĂ©lanie Joly will also bar nine entities from doing business with Canadians.

Canada is sanctioning 25 senior Iranian officials and nine government entities following a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Iran.

Foreign Affairs Minister MĂ©lanie Joly says in a statement posted to Twitter that the sanctions are a result of Iran’s “grave and ongoing breaches of international law” and its “blatant disregard for human life.

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in mid-September.

Amini died two days after she was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely.

Today’s sanctions include the morality police force, its chief as well as Iran’s highest ranking soldier.

The sanctions freeze Canadian-held assets and ban the individuals from entering Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2022.

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