Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Welcoming Iranian Singer

Human Rights

Mr. Kevin Sorenson (Crowfoot, CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, today I welcome Ms. Nazanin Afshin-Jam to Ottawa. She is a singer, songwriter, model and former Miss Canada and most impressively, a human rights advocate.

Recently she successfully led a campaign to free an Iranian teenager who was condemned to death for defending herself and her niece from attempted rape by three men.

Ms. Afshin-Jam is in Ottawa to testify before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights tomorrow. Her testimony is important and Canadians know that our government is diligently working to protect the human rights of Iranians.

Just last week, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration granted asylum to an Iranian jailed for demonstrating against his government.

In light of the efforts and the numerous documented stories of political persecution in Iran, I urge all hon. members to take notice of the mass injustice in Iran and the need for significant change."