Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Ottawa on Wednesday sanctioned two Iranian drone manufacturers for allegedly supplying deadly drones to Russia in its war against Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly also announced sanctions against six people, including senior Iranian officials and prominent government supporters, for “grave and systematic human rights violations” inside and outside the nation. It is the fifth package of sanctions that Canada has imposed against Iran this year.

“Canada is committed to standing with the people of Iran as they bravely fight for their human rights. Day by day, the situation in Iran worsens as the Iranian regime continues its repression despite the appeals of its citizens and the international community,” Joly said in a press release.

“Canada will not hesitate to use all diplomatic means at its disposal to respond to aggression by the Iranian regime, whether inside or outside Iran.”

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Wednesday’s measures effectively freeze any assets that entities or individuals may have in Canada. Listed individuals are also considered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The drone manufacturers that have been sanctioned are Shahed Aviation Industries and Qods Aviation Industries, the government said. Shahed is the manufacturer of the Shahed-136 combat drone used by Russia in its bombing campaigns against Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Qods designs and manufactures combat drones “used by the regime’s armed forces and designated terrorist organizations linked to the regime, such as Hezbollah, to conduct destabilizing regional operations,” the government said.

“This company is also involved in the development of lethal drones that are being exported to Russia for use in Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

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The individuals sanctioned on Wednesday were Seyyed Yahya Safavi, Iran’s supreme leader’s chief adviser on military affairs, Seyyed Hojatollah Qureishi, brigadier general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Saeed Aghajani, brigadier general of the IRGC, and Ali Azadi, commander of the force law enforcement in Iran’s Kurdistan province.

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