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Canada to Impose Sanctions on Those Responsible for Iranian Woman’s Death

Canada to Impose Sanctions on Those Responsible for Iranian Woman’s Death

Monday, 26 September, 2022 - 16:30
A participant holds an illustration showing Mahsa Amini during a rally in Berlin, Germany, 23 September 2022. (EPA)

Canada will impose sanctions on those responsible for the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, including Iran's so-called morality police and its leadership, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.

"We've seen Iran disregarding human rights time and time again, now we see it with the death of Mahsa Amini and the crackdown on protests," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

"Today, I'm announcing that we will implement sanctions on dozens of individuals and entities, including Iran's so called morality police," Trudeau said, moments after similar remarks by his foreign minister, Melanie Joly, during her address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Amini was arrested for allegedly breaking headscarf rules and died on Sept. 16. The Iranian police said she died of a heart attack and wasn't mistreated, but her family has cast doubt on that account.

Iran has arrested more than 1,200 protesters, officials said Monday, in its lethal crackdown on 10 nights of unrest driven by outrage over Amini’s death.

At least 41 people have been killed as Iran has heavily deployed security forces against nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death.

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