The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo
The Canadian government said on Monday it was targeting two entities and eight individuals as part of new sanctions against Iran over human rights violations and production of drones and ballistic missiles.
Canada’s latest round of sanctions against Iran, the 10th since October, targets individuals including senior officials from the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) for “gross and systematic human rights violations” in Tehran and northwestern Iran, the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.
Sanctions also target senior Iranian officials involved in unmanned aerial vehicle and ballistic missile production, the ministry said.
Tension between Iran and the West have mounted over Tehran’s nuclear activity and its supply of drones for Russia’s war in Ukraine, as well as Tehran’s clampdown on months of anti-government-protests.
“We call on the Iranian regime to stop the brutal oppression of Iran’s people and to address their demands in good faith,” Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said in the statement.
The sanctioned support “the Iranian regime by helping them disrupt and manipulate the online communications of those protesting the regime or by supplying the LEF with tactical equipment used in the brutal suppression of demonstrations,” according to the statement.