Many constituents have written to me or have come to my constituency office to raise the issue of recent events in Iran. The recent situation in Iran has been very concerning for those who have family and friends there. It has been concerning as well for the broader community in North Vancouver who care very much about respect for human rights and human life.
As this situation has unfolded, I have been in touch with Global Affairs Canada to ensure that this matter is a high priority and receives the attention it deserves. I have been pleased by the firm position Canada has chosen with respect to the violence that has taken place.
On November 26 the Government of Canada issued the following statement:
“Canada is deeply concerned by the violent crackdown on protestors by Iranian security forces, which has resulted in mass arrests and the deaths of demonstrators. We condemn the threats made by Iranian officials and the deliberate use of excessive force by Iranian security forces, including the reported use of live ammunition to disperse protestors. We urge authorities to exercise restraint.
We call on the Iranian authorities to immediately lift all restrictions on the Internet and mobile services and to ensure that all those arrested have access to fair legal process and procedures.
Iran must ensure that its people enjoy the rights and freedoms they deserve. Canada supports the Iranian people who are exercising these rights, including the freedom of expression and assembly.”
I personally, and our government, will continue to support the Iranian people in their striving for freedom of expression and for a society in which their human rights are respected.