In a new wave of sanctions against the Islamic Regime in Iran, Canada has added 98 additional individuals and entities to the list of “designated persons who are surrounding and supporting Iran’s nuclear program.”
Two of these entities are the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the paramilitary Basij forces. Those on the list will be subject to an asset freeze in Canada which is welcome news for many Iranian Canadian organizations and activists like myself who have been lobbying for these types of sanctions for many years.
Sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij is especially significant and welcome news for Iranians because of the involvement of these two entities in the systematic and brutal human right violations against the Iranian people. This includes attacking pro-democracy protesters, beating them with knives, clubs and chains, arresting them, raping and torturing them in prisons and even shooting and killing protesters in the street.
Also let us not forget about the role of the Revolutionary Guards in supporting international terrorism and dictatorship regimes in the area such as Assad’s government in Syria.
While I welcome the new sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij I urge the Canadian Government to continue to identify individuals and entities residing in Canada, who are affiliated with the Islamic Regime in Iran, and to freeze their assets and review their immigration files and make sure they do not create a safe heaven for themselves in Canada!
Sayeh Hassan is an Iranian Canadian lawyer, blogger and pro-democracy activist.