Date: June 13, 2016
For Immediate Release
The Iranian Canadian Congress calls on the Government of Canada to take all available measures to ensure Prof. Hoodfar’s immediate release and safe return to Canada.
The Iranian Canadian Congress is deeply concerned about Professor Homa Hoodfar’s arrest in Iran. According to information from her family, Professor Hoodfar was arrested in Iran for the first time in March of this year and then released on bail. She was detained again on Monday June 6 and has been denied the ability to see her family or meet with her lawyer. Homa Hoodfar’s family have requested the involvement of Canada’s Department of Global Affairs in hopes of a swift and safe resolution.
We demand Dr. Hoodfar’s immediate release and urge the government of Canada to seriously pursue the matter, and take all available measures towards securing the safety of Dr. Hoodfar and her release from prison. The Iranian Canadian Congress is closely monitoring the course of developments and will continue to communicate with the family and acquaintances of Dr. Hoodfar here in Canada to ensure that the case is given appropriate attention by both the Canadian government and the greater public.
Additionally, the Iranian Canadian Congress recognizes Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Stéphane Dion for his outright denouncement of the arrest of Professor Hoodfar, and further encourages the Department of Global Affairs to pursue her case actively and with the utmost care.
Board of Directors
Iranian Canadian Congress
Behzad Jazizadeh, PR Director