The sanctions were imposed on 22 Iranians, including senior officials of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, senior officials in the judiciary, prison system and law enforcement.
The sanctions against Iran come a day after Iran hanged an activist, Mohsen Shekari, who had taken part in anti-government protests.
Iran has been plagued by deadly riots during protests since last September, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini. Western countries have repeatedly issued statements condemning the government in Tehran for ignoring the rights of protesters and imposed several sanctions against individuals and entities.
Besides Iran, Canada has also imposed sanctions on Russia and Myanmar. The announced sanctions come as the world observes International Anti-Corruption Day and Human Rights Day on Friday.
Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the sanctions were imposed on 33 senior or former Russian officials and six entities implicated in “systematic human rights abuses” against civilians protesting the invasion. of Ukraine by Russia.
Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,500 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Sanctions against Myanmar targeted twelve individuals and three entities for committing offenses by allowing the junta to attack civilians and facilitating the transfer of arms to the regime.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said Canada would never stop standing up for human rights.
“As the world witnesses human rights abuses in places like Russia, Iran and Myanmar, we are reminded that we can only create change by standing up and defending the values that we are expensive,” he said.
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