Minister Alexander in support of Iranian refugees, December
December 2, 2014
The Honourable Chris Alexander
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
On behalf of
the Iranian Canadian Congress, I write to request a
moratorium on all refugee deportations to Iran.
the recent steps taken by the Government of Canada to pursue
a resolution at the United Nations General Assembly which
condemns the Iranian government's troubling human rights
record. The UNGA resolutions, pursued by Conservative and
Liberal governments in the past decade, have an important
impact in revealing the history of murder, imprisonment,
torture in Iran, as well as the Iranian government's
entrenched policies of de jure and de facto discrimination
against large segments of the Iranian population.
In light of
this history, well-known to your Government and to the
international community, it is incumbent upon Canada to
protect those who seek asylum in Canada. Returning asylum
seekers to Iran endangers their lives and violates the
principle of non refoulement in international law.
We would be
happy to work with you to further explore this issue and
implement the requested moratorium.
Iranian Canadian Congress