Canada imposes sanctions on Iran’s ‘morality police’ amid crackdown on protests


Canada will impose sanctions on those implicated in the death of Kurdish woman Masa Amini, including Iran’s so-called “morality police,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Trudeau Announced on September 26 His government imposes new sanctions on Iran after the death of 22-year-old Amini and a violent statewide crackdown on protesters enraged by her death.

“We have seen Iran’s disregard for human rights time and time again. Now we are witnessing it with the death of Masa Amini and the crackdown on protests,” he said. I was.

“Today, we are announcing the implementation of sanctions against dozens of individuals and entities, including Iran’s so-called moral police.”

Trudeau did not specify who would be sanctioned, but Global Affairs said in an emailed statement that “the details of these sanctions could be revealed in due course.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins Defense Minister Anita Anand and Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominique Leblanc at a press conference in Ottawa on September 26, 2022. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Amini died in police custody in Tehran on September 16. She was arrested by the Guidance Patrol, a moral wing of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Law Enforcement Command, for not wearing the hijab properly.

Shortly after news of Amini’s death was broadcast and photos of her lying in a coma in a hospital in Tehran surfaced on social media, people across the country were outraged, demanding accountability for her death by Iranian security forces. requested.

Iranian officials said Amini died of a heart attack united nations, The Kurdish woman collapsed after being held for three days and died after being taken to hospital.

“Some reports suggest that Amini’s death was the result of torture and ill-treatment,” the United Nations said. press release September 22nd.

Protests in Iran have so far spread to at least 46 cities, towns and villages, with protesters chanting slogans against the compulsory hijab and denouncing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

At least 41 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and police since demonstrations began on September 17, according to Iranian state television.

At least 13 people were killed and more than 1,400 demonstrators were arrested, according to official statements by the Associated Press.

UN experts say peaceful protests “excessive use of force, including birdshots and other metal pellets by Iranian security forces. ”

“Security forces are reported to have responded with live ammunition, pellet guns and tear gas,” said Ravina Shandasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations Office for Human Rights. told reporters September 20.

Solidarity protests have erupted around the world, including in Europe, the United States, Canada and parts of the Middle East, with some women cut their hair When burn hijab.

Prime Minister Trudeau said Canada stands in solidarity with the protesters.

“We encourage millions of people around the world to join our voice, the voice of all Canadians, and to ensure that the Iranian government listens to its people and ends the suppression of their freedoms and rights. , demands that women and all Iranians be allowed to live and express themselves: in peace.”

To date, Canada Sanctions against IranWeapons embargo, asset freeze, import/export restrictions, financial bans, etc.

The Associated Press and The Canadian Press contributed to this report.

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.