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Canadian MP charges Iranian leaders with "crimes against humanity" Print E-mail


July 27, 2009

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada

80 Wellington Street,Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Mr. Prime Minister,

As a Canadian friend of a democratic Iran, I am writing to appeal to you as prime Minister of Canada to ask you for prompt action against the totalitarian regime in Teheran for its continued and brutal suppression of the Iranian people’s cry for basic human rights and the rule of law.

As you are aware, the Iranian people in the millions spoke out loudly and clearly in the streets of Teheran when they protested against massive election fraud. Other communities in Iran and elsewhere in the world, including 90,000 persons who gathered last June near Paris also protested. In the words of a young woman who emailed friends outside Iran, “…this is the most authentic, grassroots and beautifulmovement from the people, by the people and for the people”.

The ayatollahs responded by arresting hundreds and killing many unarmed demonstrators, while accusing the protesters of being “enemies of the Islamic Republic” working under the direction of Western interests. However, other than verbal condemnation, the international community has thus far failed to offer substantive assistance to the people of Iran, who aspire to the basic human dignity prescribed by the Universal Declaration of Human Right.

In fact, over several decades, many governments have sought to appease the ayatollahs, and they had hoped the last G8 summit would have denounced the brutal suppression of the people in Iran by more concrete steps. On June 20, the world was shocked to watch the final moments of a young girl, Neda, who was shot dead by the guards in North Teheran. 

Today the Iranian people as well as the conscience of the world expect a firm reactionby the western countries, vis-à-vis the savage conduct of the religious fascism ruling Iran. I believe Canada should show strong leadership by firmly standing with thepeople of Iran.

I propose that Canada:

a. Reject Iran’s sham election and challenge the legitimacy of President Ahmadinejad at the global governance level, and force the regime to accept a free UN-supervised election based on people’s sovereignty and not the rule of the Supreme Religious Leader.

b. Suspend all political and diplomatic ties with the mullahs’ regime until the suppression is completely stopped.

c. Impose a trade, diplomatic, arms and technology embargo on the regime and a foreign travel ban on its high officials.

d. Urge the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court to initiate charges against President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei for crimes against humanity, in accordance with Article 5 of the Rome Statute.

Mr. Prime Minister, I urge you to take these much needed actions in support of the struggling Iranian people. We only truly stand on guard for Canada when we defend cornerstones, such as democratic values and human dignity, as reflected by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the same rights and freedoms the Iranian are seeking. 


Dr. Bernard Patry, MP, Pierrefonds-DollardVice-Chair for the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development


H.E. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary GeneralMr.
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada

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