Canada is imposing sanctions on additional Iranian officials to commemorate the anniversary of a young woman’s death that sparked global protests one year ago.
Six senior regime officials are prohibited from entering Canada or holding assets in the country.
Saturday marks one year since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly not wearing her hijab correctly.
The new sanctions mirror those of Canada’s allies and include members of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, an unelected body responsible for establishing the morality police that enforces the hijab regulations.
Abdol Hossein Khosrow Panah, who assumed leadership of the group in January and heightened surveillance on women in Iran, is among those being sanctioned by Canada.
This marks the 14th round of sanctions that Canada has imposed on Iran in the past 11 months, targeting 31 entities and 129 individuals.
Mélanie Joly, the Foreign Affairs Minister, acknowledged an escalating crackdown on Iranian women over the past year.
“Today’s sanctions demonstrate our unwavering commitment to supporting the people of Iran, particularly women and girls, as they bravely defend their human rights,” Joly stated in a press release.