The Election Of A So-Called Moderate President Of The Theocratic State Has Only Resulted To ‎An Increase In The Number Of Executions Carried Out Against Iranian

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Date: ‎‏ ‏August 30, 2016‎
No: ‎‏ ‏‎563-LR-1301‎

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
‎80 Wellington Street ‎
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2‎

Dear Prime Minister:‎

It is with a sense of urgency that I write to you regarding the detainment and ‎imprisonment of my fellow compatriot and yours, Iranian-Canadian professor and ‎scholar, Dr. Homa Hoodfar.‎

The recent news of Dr. Hoodfar's hospitalization after being in solitary confinement in ‎prison has once again shaken our community's beliefs in international human rights and ‎justice. Dr. Hoodfar has been held in an Islamic Republic prison without due process, or ‎access to her lawyer and her family.‎

The news of Dr. Hoodfar reminds us of another Iranian - Canadian woman, Zahra Kazemi, ‎who in 2003 was tortured and killed while illegally detained by the regime's secret police. ‎We hope that Dr. Hoodfar does not meet the same tragic fate at the hands of the ‎theocratic judiciary.‎

The election of a so-called moderate president of the theocratic state has only resulted to ‎an increase in the number of executions carried out against Iranian dissidents and those ‎fighting for a more just and democratic society in Iran. Although Dr. Hoodfar is not an ‎activist, the arbitrary detainment of an internationally renowned scholar speaks to the ‎brutal nature of this regime.‎

Currently, another Iranian resident of Canada, Saeed Malekpour, has been imprisoned for ‎more than 8 years by the regime, far from his family in Canada and without any due ‎process.‎

The Islamic Republic should not be allowed to act with impunity against the human rights ‎of its own citizenry as well as the citizenry of other countries. ‎

I trust that your government will do everything in its power to guarantee the safe return ‎of Dr. Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour and that you will continue to raise the issue of ‎human rights in the international community and demand that the Islamic Republic be ‎held accountable for its abysmal human rights record and violations of international laws, ‎treaties and conventions.‎

Sincerely,

Reza Pahlavi
President of the Iran National Council for Free Elections

Cc: Honourable Stephen Dion
Cc: Excellency Banki Moon