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Canadian MPP demands International Criminal Court to initiate charges against Ahmadinejad and Khamenei Print E-mail


September 17, 2009

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2


Dear Prime Minister:


I am writing to you regarding the on-going political situation in Iran and the leadership role that I believe Canada can and should play.


As you are aware, Iran went through an election process earlier this year, which has been of questionable legitimacy.  There have been massive protests in Iran, as well as outside Iran, naming election irregularities and possible fraud.  According to media reports, many Iranians have lost their lives or have disappeared for expressing their democratic right by protesting against the perceived fraud.  We witnessed this first hand as the media, on June 20, showed us the final moments of a young girl, Neda, who was shot dead by the guards in North Tehran, for exercising her rights and protesting with her parents.


Western democracies have either been slow in condemning human right violations against unarmed civilians or have ignored the situation completely.  Concerns about the current Iranian regime have been expressed for several years now, especially the threat it poses to many of its neighbours, especially Israel. 


A large number of Canadians of Iranian descent have condemned the current regime and are hopeful of a peaceful resolution to the internal problems.  Canada is home to approximately two-hundred thousand Iranians, who would like Canada to play a leadership role in ensuring that the current regime’s brutal suppression of its citizens is stopped and that true democracy is established.  Other Canadians, while less affected personally, share this concern in growing numbers.


Canada and Canadians believe in human rights and the right of people to voice their opinions in a peaceful manner.  Canada has a distinguished reputation in the world as a model of diversity.  Our strength is in our ability to have diverse people living in harmony.  As such Canada should show leadership by:


a.       Continuing to challenge the legitimacy of the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad;

b.      Pressuring the regime to accept a free, UN-supervised election as soon as possible;

c.       Suspending political and diplomatic ties with the regime until the suppression of human rights is completely stopped;

d.      Imposing a trade, diplomatic, arms and technology embargo on the regime and a ban on its high officials traveling to Canada;

e.      Urging the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court to initiate charges against Messrs. Ahmadinejad and Khamenei for crimes against humanity in accordance with Article 5 of the Rome Statute.


I sincerely hope that you will take a strong leadership role within the G8 countries in this regard.  Canada has always stood firm on democratic values and human dignity as reflected by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I hope we can show the world that democracy, human rights and the freedom of expression, not violence and brutality are the way to peace.






Rev. Dr. Robert Oliphant, MP

Don Valley West



CC:  Leader of the Official Opposition, Michael Ignatieff, M.P.

Hon. Bob Rae, M.P.

Reza Moridi, M.P.P.






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