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Sanctions – Gross and systematic human rights violations in Iran

Canada is imposing new sanctions against the Iranian regime in response to its gross and systematic human rights violations, including its persecution of women. These measures are also in response to the Iranian regime’s ongoing breach of international peace and security.

These new measures are in addition to the existing sanctions Canada has had in place against Iran under the Special Economic Measures Act since 2010. Under these sanctions, Canada has already listed several individuals and entities associated with Iran’s military the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, other parts of the regime’s deep state, as well as associates of the Iranian regime.

Regulations under the Special Economic Measures Act

The Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations impose dealings prohibitions on listed persons. In most cases, these measures prohibit persons in Canada and Canadians outside Canada from engaging in any activity related to any property of these listed persons or providing financial or related services to them. Individuals listed in response to gross and systematic human rights violations are also inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The specific prohibitions are set out in the regulations.

Consolidated Canadian Autonomous Sanctions List

A list of all sanctions that have been issued by the government of Canada that affect individuals and entities can be found within the Consolidated Canadian Autonomous Sanctions List.

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Last updated: November 16, 2022
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Regulations against individuals and entities

The names of the individuals and entities who have been added to the schedule of the regulations since October 3, 2022 are the following:

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DateTypesSpecific prohibition
2022-11-10Individuals

Senior Iranian officials

Entered into force: November 10, 2022

Canada is listing 6 individuals that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations in Iran.

List of individuals

(6 individuals)

  1. Seyyed Hojatollah Qureishi
  2. Saeed Aghajani
  3. Seyyed Yahya Safavi
  4. Ali Azadi
  5. Abbas Abdi
  6. Seyyed Ali Saffari
2022-11-10Entities

Prominent Iranian entities

Entered into force: November 10, 2022

Canada is listing 2 entities that have participated in gross and systematic human rights in Iran and/or have participated in the Iranian regime’s malign activities abroad.

List of entities

(2 entities)

  1. Shahed Aviation Industries
  2. Qods Aviation Industries
2022-10-28Individuals

Senior Iranian officials

Entered into force: October 28, 2022

Canada is listing 4 individuals that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations in Iran.

List of individuals

(4 individuals)

  1. Hossein Rahimi
  2. Ahmad Fazelian
  3. Asadollah Jafari
  4. Seyed Morteza Mousavi
2022-10-28Entities

Prominent Iranian entities

Entered into force: October 28, 2022

Canada is listing 2 entities that have participated in gross and systematic human rights in Iran and/or have participated in the Iranian regime’s malign activities abroad.

List of entities

(2 entities)

  1. The Law Enforcement Forces
  2. Al-Mustafa International University
2022-10-19Individuals

Senior Iranian officials

Entered into force: October 19, 2022

Canada is listing 6 individuals that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations and/or disseminated propaganda to justify the Iranian regime’s repression and persecution of its citizens.

List of individuals

(6 individuals)

  1. Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh
  2. Mohammad Karami
  3. Soghra Khodadadi Taghanaki
  4. Ezzatollah Zarghami
  5. Seyyed Majid Mirahmadi
  6. Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei
2022-10-19Entities

Prominent Iranian entities

Entered into force: October 19, 2022

Canada is listing 4 entities that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations and/or disseminated propaganda to justify the Iranian regime’s repression and persecution of its citizens.

List of entities

(4 entities)

  1. Fars News Agency
  2. Guardian Council
  3. Assembly of Experts
  4. Expediency Discernment Council
2022-10-11Individuals

Senior Iranian officials

Entered into force: October 11, 2022

Canada is listing 17 individuals that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations and perpetuated disinformation activities to justify the Iranian regime’s repression and persecution of its citizens.

List of individuals

(17 individuals)

  1. Amir Hatami
  2. Hossein Shariatmadari
  3. Saeed Mortazavi
  4. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli
  5. Salar Abnoush
  6. Qasem Rezaei
  7. Manouchehr Amanollahi
  8. Kiyumars Heidari
  9. Gholamreza Ziaei
  10. Ali Rezvani
  11. Seyyed Ahmad Khatami
  12. Leila Vaseghi
  13. Peyman Jebelli
  14. Ali Larijani
  15. Mohammad Javad Zarif
  16. Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
  17. Abolfaz Shekarchi
2022-10-11Entities

Prominent Iranian entities

Entered into force: October 11, 2022

Canada is listing 3 entities that have participated in gross and systematic human rights violations and perpetuated disinformation activities to justify the Iranian regime’s repression and persecution of its citizens.

List of entities

(3 entities)

  1. Kayhan
  2. Tasnim News Agency
  3. Nour News Agency
2022-10-03Individuals

Senior Iranian officials

Entered into force: October 3, 2022

Canada is imposing measures against 25 individuals. Among the individuals are senior Iranian officials that implement repressive measures, systematically violate human rights and spread the Iranian regime’s propaganda and misinformation.

List of individuals

(25 individuals)

  1. Mohammed-Hossein Bagheri
  2. Hossein Salami
  3. Ali Shamkhani
  4. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
  5. Ahmad Vahidi
  6. Esmail Qaani
  7. Alireza Tangsiri
  8. Gholamreza Soleimani
  9. Mohsen Razaei
  10. Safer Ali Mousavi
  11. Zeinab Soleimani
  12. Ahmad Jannati
  13. Saeed Jalili
  14. Sayyed Abdolrahim Mousavi
  15. Ali Akbar Velayati
  16. Gholam-Hossein Mohsei-Eje’i
  17. Esmail Khatib
  18. Hassan Rouhani
  19. Mahmoud Alavi
  20. Hossein Ashtari
  21. Issa Zarepour
  22. Seyyed Mohammed Saleh Hashemi Golpayegani
  23. Sadeq Ardeshir Larijani
  24. Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi
  25. Haj Ahmad Mirzaei
2022-10-03Entities

Prominent Iranian entities

Entered into force: October 3, 2022

Canada is imposing measures against 9 entities. Among the entities listed are prominent Iranian entities that implement repressive measures, systematically violate human rights and spread the Iranian regime’s propaganda and misinformation.

List of entities

(9 entities)

  1. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Cyber Defense Command
  2. The Basij Cooperative Foundation
  3. Basij Resistance Force
  4. Evin Prison
  5. Office of the Enjoining Right and Forbidding Evil
  6. Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS)
  7. The Morality Police
  8. Qassem Soleimani Foundation
  9. Press TV

Sanctions compliance

It is the responsibility of all persons in Canada and Canadians abroad to comply with Canada’s sanctions. This includes individuals and entities.

Contravening Canadian sanctions is a criminal offence. Possible violations and offences are investigated and enforced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Mandatory or voluntary disclosures of violations of sanctions can be made to the RCMP at:

Federal Policing Operations - Intake Unit
RCMP
73 Leikin Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0R2

Fax: 613-825-7030
Email: RCMPTFReporting-GRCdenonciationAFT@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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