Senior Iranian government officials officially banned from Canada
OTTAWA (ON), November 14, 2022 /CNW/ – While residents of Iran continue to stand up and claim their rights, Canada stands with them. The Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on these protests – killing, beating and arresting protesters – once again shows its blatant disregard for human rights. As the people of Iran continue to pressure their government and hold it accountable, the government of Canada takes steps to prevent senior Iranian regime officials from seeking refuge in Canada.
The Honorable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, announced today that Canada designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regime that has engaged in terrorism and systematic and gross violations of human rights. This means that tens of thousands of senior Iranian regime officials, including many members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, are now ineligible for Canada.
The designation of the Iranian regime is consistent with paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and applies to those who were senior officials at any time since November 15, 2019 From. The list of senior officials includes a wide range of individuals in a regime that has perpetrated crimes against the people of Iran and other nations. It includes: heads of state, cabinet members, ambassadors, high-ranking diplomats, members of the judiciary, senior military and intelligence officials, and senior civil servants. In addition to being prohibited from entering Canadacurrent and former senior officials present here may be investigated and expelled from the country.
This designation is an element of the government of the from Canada broader efforts to hold the Iranian regime and the IRGC accountable for their crimes. The government also announced sanctions against Iranian nationals under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). Iranian nationals sanctioned for gross human rights violations are not eligible for Canada. Finally, a legislative amendment currently before Parliament (Bill S-8) would automatically disqualify Canada.
Canada will continue to work closely with our partners, including the US, UK and Europe and use all the diplomatic tools at our disposal to respond to the Iranian regime’s aggression, whether in Iran or abroad.
“Canada takes decisive action by designating the Iranian regime and its highest officials – including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – as a regime that engages in gross human rights abuses and terrorist activities. The consequences will be serious. Persons listed under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act will be permanently inadmissible and will have no sanctuary Canada. This is the most severe sanction imposed on the Iranian regime to date. We will continue to stand up for women’s rights and fight for justice on behalf of the families of PS752. Canada will be a beacon for human rights in the world. »
The Honorable Marco EL Mendicino, Minister of Public Security
Canada is a country where many have come in search of a safer and more prosperous future for themselves and their loved ones. Canada has a vibrant Iranian population, some of whom have fled oppression in the past, and we are determined to take the most effective measures to ensure their safety and that of all Canadians. With today’s news, senior Iranian regime and IRGC officials are ineligible for Canada. Their actions are reprehensible and their opinions have no place in Canadian society. We will continue to hold the families of Flight PS752 to account and condemn the regime’s persecution and violence. Perpetrators of gross and systematic human rights violations are not welcome in this country. Zan, Zendegui, Azadi.
The Honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
- Canada has taken progressive and measured action against the Iranian regime since 2010. In 2012, Canada designated Iran as a state supporting terrorism under the State Immunity Act and several rounds of sanctions have been implemented since then.
- The Prime Minister announced his intention to sanction other Iranian individuals and entities on September 26. Since this announcement, until now, Canada imposed sanctions against 52 Iranian individuals and 18 entities.
- A gap between SEMA and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) had been identified. Proposed legislation (Bill S-8) before Parliament would ensure that all grounds for sanctions under SEMA would also be grounds for inadmissibility for foreign nationals.
- All persons wishing to enter Canada must report to an officer and must honestly answer all questions asked of them to determine their eligibility for Canada. Eligibility for Canada is decided on a case-by-case basis and based on the information available.
- For more information on ineligibility for Canadaplease see: Inadmissibility (cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).
SOURCE Canada Border Services Agency
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