Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Canada has designated Iran as a regime that engages in “terrorism” as well as systematic and gross human rights abuses, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino announced Monday.

The move, he said, means tens of thousands of senior members of the Iranian regime — including many members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) — will now be “inadmissible to Canada.”

“The consequences will be severe,” Mendicino said of the new appointment, according to a press release.

“Those listed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) will be permanently barred and will not have safe haven in Canada. This is the most severe sanction imposed on the Iranian regime so far.”

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Iran’s head of state, members of his government, ambassadors and senior diplomats are just some of the thousands of Iranians now permanently barred from entering Canada as a direct result of this designation.

Senior members of the judiciary, military, intelligence agencies and public servants are also banned from entering the country – and anyone banned already in Canada, the government said in a statement, “may be investigated and removed.”

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Canada and its allies, including the U.K. and the U.S., have been persistently slapping Iran with a series of sanctions in recent months.

Iran has been involved in a brutal crackdown on protesters amid protests across the country. The demonstrations first erupted over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16 in the custody of the state’s so-called morality police.

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She was detained for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress code for women.

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Although the protests first centered on Iran’s mandatory wearing of the hijab, they have since morphed into one of the biggest challenges to the ruling clerics since the chaotic years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian authorities announced late last month that they would hold public trials for 1,000 people over the protests that have rocked the country.

The sanctions are intended to signal support for women’s rights, Mendicino said, and to “fight for justice” on behalf of the families who lost loved ones on Flight PS752, which was shot down in Tehran just over a thousand days ago.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated last month that the Iranian regime had “illegally and horrifically” shot down the flight.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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