Ottawa: Canada has banned Iranian officials for cracking down on protests demanding justice for a young woman killed in custody by ethics police.
“We will impose sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities, including Iran’s so-called ethics police,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference.
“We join our voices, the voices of all Canadians, with millions of people around the world, demanding that the Iranian government listen to their people, end the oppression of their freedoms and rights, and allow women and all Iranians to live their lives. Let live and calmly express yourself.”
More than 75 people have been killed in Iranian authorities crackdown on unrest sparked by the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in moral police custody, a rights group said.
Authorities said they arrested more than 1,200 people following his arrest for allegedly violating the country’s strict rules on hijab headscarves and modest clothing, as widespread counterfeiting against nationwide demonstrations over Amini’s death.
The Oslo-based Iran human rights group said at least 76 people had been killed in the crackdown in Iran, up from the previous 57.
“We call on the international community to take decisive and united practical steps to stop the killing and torture of protesters,” said IHR director Mahmoud Amiri-Moghaddam.