The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has found that the Islamic Republic of Iran intentionally fired two missiles on Flight 752 and committed a terrorist act on January 6th, 2020. 

This judgement is a great step in the pursuit of justice on behalf of the victims of Flight 752. Over the past year the International Center For Human Rights (ICHR) cooperated with victim’s families and lawyers to support the court case and will continue to fight for justice. 

ICHR will be holding a press conference to release the details of the judgment, including stories of the families of the victims. Senior lawyer Mark Arnold, the families of victims (plaintiffs) and ICHR representative Mr. Zarezadeh will be attending the press conference.

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Zoom

Only accredited Media will be admitted.
Media representatives can register by emailing
Zoom details will be shared with confirmed media in advance of the press conference. 

Media contact:

Darya ShirinKam
ICHR Communication Director

The official News Release can be read below:


Ontario Court Rules Shoot Down of Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 an Intentional Act of Terrorism

Toronto, Canada – May 20, 2021

In a Decision (available here) released, May 20, 2021, Justice Edward Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that:

The shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants (Islamic Republic of Iran) was an act of terrorism and constitutes “terrorist activity” under the SIA (State Immunity Act ), the JVTA (Justice For Victims of Terrorism Act) and the provisions of the Criminal Code.

On January 8, 2020, the Islamic Republic of Iran fired two missiles into Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 departing Tehran enroute to Kiev causing the aircraft to crash. Approximately 75 Canadians were killed.

The plaintiffs are some surviving family members who lost spouses, children, nieces and nephews. They filed a private law Claim in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against the Islamic Republic of Iran and others responsible for the disaster.

Iran was validly served with the claim on September 2, 2020 but failed to and was Noted in Default on December 21, 2021.

The Default Judgement Decision is restricted to liability. A subsequent court hearing will take place to determine compensation.

The family members allege that the shooting down of the aircraft was an intentional act of terrorism under the laws of Canada and that they should be permitted to sue Iran in Canada despite sovereign immunity laws.

In 2012, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act and the State Immunity Act were amended to permit such claims to be brought against foreign states designated as state sponsors of terrorism. Canada designated the Islamic Republic of Iran as such a state.

This Decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is unprecedented in Canadian law. It is significant for the impact it will have on immediate surviving family members seeking justice.

The International Centre for Human Rights invites you to an on-line press conference on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Family members and the legal team will be present.

Legal Team Contact:

Mark Arnold – Counsel
Gardiner Miller Arnold  LLP
416 363-2614  Ext 231

Jonah Arnold – Counsel
Weinman Arnold  LLP
416 640-0508