Canada imposed further penalties on Iran for alleged human rights breaches, including the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish man who died while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police,” according to the Canadian government.
“These sanctions are in response to gross human rights violations in Iran, including systematic persecution of women and, in particular, the egregious actions committed by Iran’s so-called ‘Morality Police,’ which resulted in the death of Mahsa Amini while in their custody,” the Canadian government said in a statement.
These new measures built on Canada’s existing sanctions against Iran and listed 25 individuals and nine entities, including officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its ministry of intelligence and security, the Canadian government said.
Iran’s minister of intelligence, Esmail Khatib, the country’s state-run Press TV and its ‘Morality Police,’ which enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, were also sanctioned by Canada.
“The continued and systemic persecution of Iranian women must stop,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said. “Canada applauds the courage and actions of Iranians and will stand by them as they fight for their rights and dignity.”
Amini was arrested on Sept. 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police. She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma.
Amini’s family says she was beaten to death in custody. Iran’s police authorities deny those allegations and say Amini died of a heart attack.
Her death sparked huge protests in Iran and by Iranians in other parts of the world. The unrest has spiraled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s authorities in years.
Prior to Monday’s measures, Canada had imposed sanctions on a total of 41 Iranian individuals and 161 Iranian entities, the Canadian government said.
In 2012, Canada designated Iran as a “supporter of terrorism.”