Saturday, 18 December 2010

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

کانادا خواستار آزادی «فوری» رهبران بهايی در ايران شد

وزیر امور خارجه کانادا، روز جمعه ٢٦ آذر ١٣٨٩ با انتشار بیانیه ای ادامه بازداشت هفت تن از رهبران بهایی در ایران را محکوم کرده بار دیگر از جمهوری اسلامی خواست تا آنها را «فوراً» آزاد کند.

در این بیانیه آقای لارنس کانون ضمن اظهار تاسف خواستار آزادی بدون قید شرط آنها شد.

این افراد فريبا کمال‌آبادی، جمال‌الدين خانجانی، عفيف نعيمی، سعيد رضايی، مهوش ثابت، بهروز توکلی و وحيد تيزفهم، ٢٨ ماه پیش دستگیر و در زندان گوهردشت به سر می‌برند.

Statement by Minister Cannon on Iran’s Continued Imprisonment of Bahá’í and Other Prisoners

(No. 401 - December 17, 2010 - 10:45 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the Government of Iran’s continuing imprisonment of seven Bahá’í community leaders and the ongoing denial of legal rights to other Iranians:

“I note with regret the reports that Iranian authorities are continuing the imprisonment of the seven Bahá’í community leaders whose 10-year sentence was announced in September 2010.

“These individuals have been held without cause for 28 months in harsh conditions at Gohardasht Prison. The accusations against them reflect a deliberate distortion of their religion and their service to the community. Canada maintains that any imprisonment on such charges is too long and that these individuals should be released unconditionally and reunited with their families as soon as possible.

“Canada remains deeply concerned by the ongoing failure of the Iranian authorities to meet their domestic and international legal obligations. The Government of Canada stands firmly with the people of Iran against human rights abuses and discrimination, as well as ill treatment of women and minorities.

“We once again urge the Government of Iran to reverse the deterioration of its human rights situation and to meet its legal obligations, which include ensuring due process for all those who remain in detention.”


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