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11-04-2005, 09:53 PM
Iran calls Ottawa rights abuser
Canada set to make UN motion calling for Tehran reforms


(Gold9472: For shame Canada... For shame.)

Steven Edwards
Friday, November 04, 2005

UNITED NATIONS - Iran has launched an attack on Canada at the United Nations, claiming Ottawa is in no position to censure the Islamic republic over its human rights record.

Canada is due to propose a motion at the General Assembly next week that calls on members to pass a resolution demanding Iran enact reforms, including bans on torture and execution by stoning.

Now Iranian officials have combed through the results of numerous human rights inquiries in Canada to come up with evidence of human rights abuses across the country.

Canada had a response ready to read into the international record, but the UN session hearing the matter ran out of time.

In Ottawa yesterday, Pierre Pettigrew, the Foreign Affairs Minister, dismissed Iran's bid to claim any moral equivalency. "Iran's response clearly shows that it is feeling the pressure of Canada's leadership at the UN in focusing attention on Iran's dismal human rights record," he said.

"By any reasonable set of indicators, Canada takes its human rights obligations seriously. In Canada, human rights issues are debated openly. No one in Canada is sent to jail for expressing an opinion."

Iran has adopted an increasingly hard line against the West since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former Revolutionary Guardsman, was elected President. Last week, he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

Tensions between Canada and Iran increased dramatically after Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born photographer with Canadian citizenship, died in Iranian custody in 2003.

It's not the first time Iranian officials have hit out at Canada.

In the past two years, the Iranians have contented themselves with pointing out Canada's imperfections.

But this year, the Iranian riposte is presented as a case against Canada, citing findings of UN inquiries, reports of non-governmental organizations and official Canadian studies.

"Some may think that Canada may have reached a level of human rights record that allows it to point its finger at others in order to criticize their human rights records," Mostafa Alaei, director of the department of human rights at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, told a General Assembly committee on Wednesday.

"We took a cursory look at the UN documents, and the reports of NGOs such as Amnesty International, to verify this perception," he said. "Astonishingly, we found otherwise. We have obtained piles of credible and reliable information suggesting that the violation of human rights in Canada ... are at some stages, alarming."

Mr. Alaei said lack of time prevented him from presenting everything his staff had collected.

Quoting from a UN report on indigenous people in Canada, he read passages that hinted at or documented the slow pace of land settlements, police brutality, the disappearance or murder of indigenous women and the dire economic situation of native people.

He said a UN committee on torture had been concerned about police using pepper spray, while a UN human rights committee had highlighted the detention of people not formally charged. Similarly, a UN study of "arbitrary detention" had raised concerns about the number of people in jail awaiting trial.

"We leave the final judgment and analysis with you, and the distinguished delegates, to determine whether Canada is in a position to submit [a] human rights resolution against others," Mr. Alaei said.

Canadian officials point out UN and other inquiries sometimes appear more critical of democratic societies than closed ones because information is more freely available.

Although Mr. Alaei mentioned Amnesty International in support of his criticism of Canada, the human rights organization says it does not grade countries and Iran has stepped over a line by focusing on Canada.

"The idea of a government using the fact other governments are criticized for their human rights record as an excuse to ... continue to violate the rights of their own citizens is absolutely unacceptable," said John Tackaberry, spokesman for Amnesty International Canada.

"There are human rights violations in Canada that have caused Amnesty International concern, but there aren't systematic violations."

Mr. Alaei spoke after Gilbert Laurin, Canada's deputy ambassador to the UN, addressed the same committee on Canada's assessment of world respect for human rights.

"In Iran ... we have seen no credible evidence of any improvement of the overall human rights situation and the protection of political and democratic freedoms," Mr. Laurin said.

"In fact we note ... that repression of political dissent has increased and that executions in the absence of internationally recognized safeguards, including executions of children, are ongoing."

© National Post 2005

11-04-2005, 10:14 PM
Nuke 'em. (Iran that is). They have oil don't they???

11-04-2005, 10:15 PM
Nuke 'em. (Iran that is). They have oil don't they???


11-04-2005, 10:17 PM
At least Canada doesn't stash their poorest people on a little piece of land that sits beneath sea level protected by a couple of sub-par levees.

11-04-2005, 10:20 PM
At least Canada doesn't stash their poorest people on a little piece of land that sits beneath sea level protected by a couple of sub-par levees.

Yeah... they burn down buildings in Vansterdam that are medicinal marijuana shops. YOU WANNA GO, LET'S GO!!!


11-04-2005, 10:21 PM
We ship all our poor people to Newfoundland and make Newfie Jokes!!!

11-04-2005, 10:27 PM
We ship all our poor people to Newfoundland and make Newfie Jokes!!!

But do they build shoddy levees for them, and underfund them?

11-04-2005, 11:11 PM
But do they build shoddy levees for them, and underfund them?
No, we don't even do that much for them, they're Newfies!!! Why would we bother?

11-04-2005, 11:35 PM
http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2005/april-2005/kazemi_report_1405.shtml (http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2005/april-2005/kazemi_report_1405.shtml)

http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/03/31/Dr.Azam050331.html (http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/03/31/Dr.Azam050331.html)

The Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi was beaten raped tortured, then killed that’s how she “died in custody”.

Still every thing Iran pointed out was true, We also in the past, tested agent orange on our own troops, sterilized mentally challenged people, Washed brains for the cia at the Allen institute, Our government has stolen umpteen million dollars of tax payers money (that we know about) Canada like every country has problems.

They talk humanist They don’t live it, still a good place to live for work and standard of living for many but we have our slums not exclusive to natives at all. Not to mention the fucking newfies!!

I hate how they seem to care more about the world “image” of Canada than the reality, you can relate hey gold?

11-04-2005, 11:57 PM
At least Canada doesn't stash their poorest people on a little piece of land that sits beneath sea level protected by a couple of sub-par levees.

last time I checked they wanted to live there

11-04-2005, 11:57 PM
Not to mention the fucking newfies!!