FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
Today, the European Union announced its decision to sanction some individuals and a branch of Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). This belated decision follows a spike in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime against Iranian dissidents and opposition on European soil.
Some of the terrorist plots of the Iranian regime include a foiled terrorist plot in Albania last March, a foiled terrorist plot against the largest gathering of Iranians in Diaspora in Paris last June, in which hundreds of Canadians and political figures from Canada took part, and a foiled plot to assassinate an Iranian dissident in Denmark.
Iran Democratic Association, Canada, welcomes this decision and hopes that it will mark the end of the era of appeasement vis-à-vis the regime in Iran. Canada to its credit, has already cut ties with the regime in Iran and expelled its diplomats as persona non grata. Moreover, Iran’s IRGC malign activities in the volatile Middle East region is well documented. Canada’s House of Commons passed a resolution on June 13, 2018, calling on the government to immediately list IRGC as a terrorist entity. PM Justin Trudeau equally voted in favour.
On December 10, 2018, in a Press Conference in Ottawa by the chairman of Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, former Minister of Justice, Hon. Irwin Cotler, and parliamentarians from all parties, a list of 19 individuals was introduced in a report that highlighted their involvement in gross human rights violations, Iran Democratic Association fully supports the finding of this report.
IDA believes Canada is well positioned to take a leading role in not only listing entities that are engaged in terrorist activities, namely the MOIS and IRGC, but also to use our Magnitski law, which, among other provisions, sanctions gross human rights violators, to sanction specific individuals.