Mr. Speaker, Canada has condemned Iran’s continued imprisonment of seven Baha’i community leaders. These individuals appear to have been imprisoned because of their religious beliefs. They should be released unconditionally and reunited with their families as soon as possible.
To quote the Wall Street Journal:
According to human-rights organizations including Amnesty International, executions have increased four-fold since [Ahmadinejad] became president in 2005, and Iran now executes more people per capita than any other country in the world. Iran also lifted its moratorium on stoning since [he] became president.
The Baha’i are a peaceful people who live in harmony with other faiths in countries around the world, including Canada. Our government stands four-square with the Baha’i people in their desire to have their rights respected and their freedoms upheld.