Three human rights advocates have called on Canada to classify the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran as a terrorist group after the anti-air missile attack that downed Flight PS752, killing all 176 passengers. The Council of Iranian Canadians, B’nai Brith Canada and Justice 88 Campaign have given the Canadian Federal government thirty days to list IGRC as a terrorist group. The U.S has listed them as terrorist groups but after a year and a half that the Canadian Liberal party and conservatives voted to do the same, Canada has only listed the Quds Force and the IRGC’s external operations branch as terrorist groups but not the IRGC in its’ entirety.
Senator Linda Frum said “It seems like an eternity ago when this motion passed”. “The IRGC clearly needs to be listed in Canada. There can be no more delay on this.” Avideh Motmaen-Far, President of the Council of Iranian Canadians stated “The designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity is an urgent matter”. “Today, as the Islamist Regime schemes to avenge slain IRGC General Qasem Soleimani, the IRGC poses a greater risk than ever before to Canada’s Iranian and Jewish communities.”
Reza Banai, Chair of the Justice 88 Campaign stated “The Public Safety Minister should heed the will of Parliament and list the IRGC without delay”.
“Since June of 2018, hundreds of Iranians have been murdered just for demanding their basic rights – the least our government can do is sanction the IRGC, which is responsible for so much misery in Iran and throughout the region.”
David Matas, National Senior Legal Counsel for B’nai Brith Canada said “There is no basis in law or in policy for banning the Quds Force, while failing to do so for the entire IRGC”.
“Canada has rightly rejected that approach when it comes to other terrorist groups, such has Hezbollah and Hamas. Any funds sent to the IRGC from Canada, which remains legal today, could be used to assist the Quds Force in carrying out acts of terrorism.”