Here is a letter from the ICC President, Dr. Moslem Noori to Conservative MPP Goldie Ghamari regarding her baseless accusations against the Iranian Canadian Congress.
On October 26th, while commemorating 40th day of Mahsa Amini’s horrific death in police custody, you attacked the Iranian Canadian Congress. Specifically, you called us “pro-Islamic Regime lobby group”.
The Iranian Canadian Congress is grassroots, non-partisan, non-religious, and non-profit Canadian advocacy organization, supported by hundreds of members across the country. Your characterization of the ICC as a foreign lobbying group is not only patently false, but also the spreading of misinformation discriminates against a Canadian civic community organization.
Despite your views, ICC has issued 3 statements since September 16th, in solidarity with Iranian people, particularly women, who are demanding change, their fundamental rights, freedom and justice and condemning violence, oppression and targeted harassment of the Iranian people's human rights to peaceful assembly and protest. Many members of Iranian Canadian Congress have taken part in various demonstrations across Canada in solidary with Iranian people in Iran.
When we see our volunteers threatened, our board members harassed, and our organization’s name used as a slur in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, we must stand and say Enough. This irresponsible behavior in the past few weeks, has incited harmful behaviour that resulted in vandalism of certain Iranian Canadian centers, verbal attacks, physical abuse and cyberbullying against individuals such as MP of Richmond Hill, Majid Jowhari, as well as other organizations in our community.
At a time when our community should be coming together, it is disheartening to listen to an elected official fueling the already tense situation in our community, rather than trying to bring people together. Therefore, we ask you to retract your comments and apologize to the ICC.
If you have any questions about our organization's activities and positions in the future, we ask you to approach us directly rather than directing accusations against us.
Iranian Canadian Congress
Moslem Noori, the president of the Iranian-Canadian Congress (ICC), says the organization has for years tried to get the government to “resolve this issue,” including through a 2016 petition that garnered more than 16,000 signatures requesting reestablishing of diplomatic relations with Iran.
Another campaign in 2021 also saw Iranian-Canadians email their MPs “asking for easier access to consular services for Iranian Canadians.”
“With this,” Noori told NCM, “hundreds of Iranian-Canadians sent their concerns to MPs.”
Yet, nothing has been done about the issue, even as — or perhaps because — Canada has criticized the Iranian government over human rights violations and has initiated United Nations resolutions against the same.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government continues to ignore the basic rights of hundreds of thousands of Iranians across the diaspora in Canada and creating more difficulties for those in Iran who are forced to travel to neighboring countries for the simplest of consular and visa-related procedures every year.
Report regarding difficulties of Iranians to deal with the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, D.C., that can leave many in impossible situations by Hamid Moghimi:
دکتر مسلم نوری، ریاست کنگره ایرانیان کانادا، در ابتدای جلسه اعلام کرد بیش از 50 % اعضا در انتخابات اینترنتی کنگره شرکت کردهاند و بدین ترتیب حد نصاب لازم حاصل شده است.Read more
The President of Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), Dr. Moslem Noori, began the AGM session by declaring the quorum has been reached with more than 50% of members voted in the online election.
The president of ICC, Dr. Moslem Noori invites the Iranian Canadian community to participate in federal election on 20th of September 2021
دعوت دکتر مسلم نوری، رئیس کنگره ایرانیان کانادا از جامعه ایرانی کانادایی برای مشارکت در انتخابات فدرال کانادا در روز ۲۰ سپتامبر ۲۰۲۱