Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs

Here is letter from the ICC 2014-2015 president, Mr. Reza Banai, to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

Date: May 19, 2015

The Honourable Robert Nicholson,

P.C., M.P. Minister of Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

The Iranian Canadian Congress wishes to take this opportunity to commend your office for demanding the immediate release of the seven members of the B’ahai community and other prisoners of conscience, such as Ms. Narges Mohammadi, in Iran. We are grateful for the Canadian government’s attention to the repeated patterns of repression and abuse of basic human rights at the hands of Islamic Republic officials.

Pursuant to your office’s diligent efforts, the Iranian Canadian Congress would like to add the names of two Iranian-Canadians who have recently been inexplicably imprisoned inside Iran. It has come to our attention that Mr. Mostafa Azizi, a TV producer and screenwriter, was arrested by the authorities shortly after visiting his family in Iran in December 2014. It has been reported by members of the media that he was arrested on charges of insulting Iran’s leader, insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and threatening Iran’s national security in cyberspace. Reassured by President Hassan Rouhani’s statements promising the safe return and passage of dissident Iranians to their homeland, Mr. Azizi returned to Iran to care for his ailing father.

Mr. Saeed Malekpour is another member of the Iranian-Canadian community who has been imprisoned for the past five years in Iran for similar charges.

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of Mr. Azizi and Mr. Malekpour as they are being held in the notorious Evin prison where the Iranian-Canadian Zahra Kazemi was jailed, abused and murdered in 2003.

We respectfully request your office’s assistance in urgently drawing attention to Messrs. Azizi and Malekpour, and to take any and all reasonably possible steps to ensure their safety and immediate release. We are most grateful for your kind attention and assistance regarding their cases, in advance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information regarding this matter.

Respectfully yours,

Reza Banai
Iranian Canadian Congress

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