Mr. Costas Menegakis (Richmond Hill, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, today our government announced expanded sanctions against Iran in an effort to further apply pressure to a regime that both undermines regional and global security and regularly turns a blind eye to its international human rights obligations.
We are deeply concerned by reports of an increase in arrests and death sentences in Iran, including that of Iranian citizen Saeed Malekpour, who now faces imminent execution on the sham charges of spreading corruption. Sadly, Saeed’s case is but one example of the regime’s utter disregard for human rights and its failure to meet internationally recognized norms of due process and transparency.
Canada will hold Iran accountable for Mr. Malekpour’s treatment. We have been actively speaking out and raising his case with the Iranian authorities.
We call on Iran to reverse its current course, meet its international human rights obligations and release prisoners such as Saeed Malekpour and others who have failed to receive fair and transparent legal treatment.