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Maintain diplomatic pressure on the Iranian regime

Iran remains a leading threat to human rights and global security. The Jewish people are targeted by this threat, as demonstrated by Iran’s genocidal rhetoric against Israel and its sponsorship of terror groups, such as Hezbollah, that have targeted Jews internationally. 

In 2018, a motion to place the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety on Canada’s list of terrorist entities passed the House of Commons with bipartisan support. However, despite overwhelming evidence about the nefarious role it plays in sponsoring worldwide terrorism, the IRGC has not yet been placed on the list of terrorist entities under the Criminal Code.

Recommendations

Ensuring there is no renewal of ties or lifting of sanctions until the Iranian regime demonstrates meaningful improvements and comes into full compliance with its international obligations.

Setting clear benchmarks to ensure diplomatic pressure is not relaxed as long as the regime continues violating the rights of Iranians, sponsoring international terrorism, and seeking Israel’s destruction. 

Continuing use of the “Magnitsky Law” to freeze assets and block entry of Iranian officials involved in human rights violations. 

Ensuring that the list of Iranian officials targeted by Canadian sanctions matches that of the European Union, the United States, and other key allies. 

Following the will of the House of Commons, adding the IRGC in its entirety to the Criminal Code’s list of terrorist entities.

Question for Candidates

Will you urge the government to keep sanctions on Iran and refuse to re-establish diplomatic ties with the regime until there are meaningful improvements in the its behaviour?

Election Resources

CIJA has been working with Elections Canada to protect democratic participation for Jewish Canadians. As with past elections, in this election, citizens will have many ways and days to vote.