The Canadian government has officially banned Islamic Republic officials from entering Canada.
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino said in a news release on Monday Canada has designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as the regime responsible for “terrorism and systematic and gross human rights abuses.”
“This means that tens of thousands of senior members of the Iranian regime, including many members of the IRGC, are currently barred from entering Canada,” Mendicino added.
The list of senior officials includes a wide range of individuals in the regime who have been accused of committing crimes against people in Iran and other countries.
According to the Canadian government, the list includes heads of state, members of the cabinet, ambassadors, senior diplomats, judicial officers, senior military and intelligence officials, and senior civil servants.
“In addition to being banned from entering Canada, current and former senior officials here may be investigated and deported from the country,” the press release added.
Mendicino added, “Ottawa is taking decisive action by designating its top officials, including the Iranian regime and the IRGC…and the consequences will be severe.”
He said it was the strongest sanctions ever imposed on the Iranian regime, saying, “We will continue to stand up for women’s rights and fight for justice for PS752’s family. It will become a beacon for human rights around the world.”
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was a scheduled international private passenger flight from Tehran to Kyiv, operated by Ukraine International Airlines. On 8 January 2020, it was shot down by his IRGC shortly after takeoff, killing all 176 of his passengers and crew on board.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser also issued a similar statement, arguing that senior Iranian regime and IRGC officials could not enter Canada.
Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
“Canada is a country where many people have come to seek a safer and more prosperous future for themselves and their loved ones. Some have fled and we are determined to take the most effective measures to keep them and all Canadians safe,” Fraser added.
Fraser went on to say that the actions of Iranian officials were reprehensible and that their views did not hold up in Canadian society.
In another development, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a tweet “Canada condemns the Iranian regime’s barbaric decision to impose the death penalty on some 15,000 protesters,” he said of the Iranian government’s atrocities.
Expressing his support for the Iranian protesters, Trudeau said, “The brave Iranians were fighting for their human rights – and we will continue to stand united in their support and stand against the regime’s heinous actions.” We will continue to stand united,” he stressed.
Nationwide uprisings led mostly by women sparked daily protests in cities across Iran calling for an end to hardline clerical rule after the death of 22-year-old woman Mercer Amini in moral police custody. I see protests. in September.
Back in October, Canada announced sanctions against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), permanently barring more than 10,000 officers from entering Canada.
At that time, Trudeau Said Canada designated Iran’s IRGC leadership “restricts IRGC-related financial transactions with the Islamic Republic of Iran and the agents that support them. These actions are some of the most powerful measures against Iran.”