Canadians of Iranian descent, victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism, and human rights advocates, are supporting S-219.

Canadian Leaders on the Iranian Threat

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Iran, Terrorism and Responsibility in Syria:

“Countries that have been supportive of the Assad regime [Iran and Russia] bear some of the responsibility for the chemical attacks on innocents, civilians and children last week.…”2

“We will continue to work alongside our allies to ensure security in the world and to engage with Iran in a responsible way that highlights both the human rights abuses at home and its sponsorship of terrorism abroad.”3

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Danger of the Iranian Regime:

“…Other countries, however, constitute unambiguously a clear and present danger…. First among these is the Government of Iran. I speak not merely of its appalling record of human rights abuse, or its active assistance to the brutal regime in Syria, or its undeniable support of terrorist entities, or its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, rather it is the combination of all these things with a truly malevolent ideology that should concern us.”4

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin on Iran’s Genocidal Threats:

“…This call for genocide coupled with Iran's obvious nuclear ambitions is a matter that the world cannot ignore. And Iran must know, in no uncertain terms, that the free nations of the world will not tolerate its intransigence.”5

Former Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Bob Rae:

“List the IRGC.”

“The Liberal Party of Canada, through the Hon. Bob Rae, Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs, and Mark Holland, Official Opposition Critic for Public Safety, has called on the…government to…designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization immediately.”6

Iranian Leaders on the Iranian Threat

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Change:

“Ours is a fundamental antagonism” “The change of behavior they want … is in fact a negation of our identity …. Ours is a fundamental antagonism.”7

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on the importance of the IRGC:

“Today the IRGC has a determining effect on all international political balances and calculations… If one day this Corps ceases to exist in our society, the authority of our Islamic Revolution shall collapse.”8

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the IRGC:

“Certainly, there will be corruption.” “If the guns, the money, the newspapers, the websites is gathered in one place [the IRGC], certainly there will be corruption.”9

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

Iran is a train “without breaks”.10

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran

“We shall confront the world with our ideology.”11

Iranian Religious Leaders on the Crimes of the Iranian Regime

Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani, a prominent Iranian cleric critiques the Iranian regime’s abuse of religious minorities

“The … morals of the people, of our land, were brought low when some among the learned and those who are charged with the promotion of morality, have in fact sullied the values of humanity, of honour and of religion with the dust of deceit, lies, tyranny, and immoral acts, fruitless talk, and empty promises – all in the pursuit of their own worldly gain.”12

Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, was designated by Khomeini as his successor and later marginalized and held under house arrest for his critique of the regime:

“A regime that uses clubs, oppression, aggression against [the people’s] rights, injustice, rigged elections, murder, arrests, and medieval or Stalin-era torture, [a regime that] gags and censors the press, obstructs the media, imprisons intellectuals and elected leaders on false allegations or forced confessions ... - [such a regime] is despicable and has no religious merit....”13

Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, spent 11 years in prison in Iran and was tortured for preaching tolerance – his sentence has ended but the regime continues to hold him in inhumane conditions

“The product of this Islamic Revolution will be proven to have been nothing more than privation, desperation and downright chaos which will have been wrought on the children of Iran.”14

“It shall be noted by future generations that I have made the world aware of the dire situation in Iran numerous times. Those of you who are well aware of our desperate plight, hear our cries, and remain indifferent shall be remembered for generations to come. I implore you to sympathize with our plight and understand that we are being silenced. We are asking for help once again.”15

The Plight of the Child under Iranian Law

“The [UN] Special Rapporteur regrets that the information she received did not reveal any notable improvement in the situation of human rights in the country.”

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran (2017)


Human Rights Watch (2016):

“Iran is almost certainly the world leader in executing juvenile offenders”16

Amnesty International (Canada) (2016) – “IRAN: stop putting kids to death”

“Iran has the shameful status of being the world’s leading executioner of juvenile offenders….”17

Report by the European Parliament (2017) – “At least 122 children executed”

[Iranian] law authorises the judiciary to execute juvenile offenders – at least 122 have been executed since 2000, among which 26 were reported to be 15 at the time of the crime they were accused of committing.18

The UN Special Rapporteur – “78 juveniles on death row as of December 2016”

“…The vast majority of executions of persons convicted as juveniles are not officially reported by the Government. While the number of convicted children is unknown, there were definitely over 78 juveniles on death row as at December 2016. Some of them had been languishing for years under the death sentence. … Fifteen children were sentenced to death for the first time under the revised juvenile sentencing guidelines of the 2013 Islamic Penal Code.”19

UN Special Rapporteur (2016): “17% of all marriages involver underage girls and older men”

“Child marriage remains legally possible for girls aged 13 years and boys aged 15 years. Even younger children can be married with the permission of the court but the marriage may not be consummated until puberty. In June 2016, a spokesperson for the Tehran-based Association to Protect the Rights of Children stated that child marriages had reached alarming levels and stressed that approximately 17 per cent of all marriages in the country involved girls married to old men. (Forced marriage is, however, prohibited by law.)”20

The Plight of Women under Iranian Law

“The [UN] Special Rapporteur regrets that the information she received did not reveal any notable improvement in the situation of human rights in the country.”

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran (2017)21


“Discriminatory provisions such as those … which stipulate that the value of a woman’s life is equal to half that of a man’s, remain in force”

UN Special Rapporteur: “The Special Rapporteur regrets that no progress has yet been made towards the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the elimination of legal provisions that discriminate against women in various areas. It is particularly disturbing that blatantly discriminatory provisions such as those contained in the Islamic Penal Code and which stipulate that the value of a woman’s life is equal to half that of a man’s, remain in force in the country. Of concern also is the possible adoption of new discriminatory legal provisions against women.”

Marital Rape in Iranian Law

UN Special Rapporteur: “The Iranian legal framework fails to adequately protect women from violence and to criminalize marital rape. She notes that certain provisions might even condone sexual abuse, such as article 1108 of the Civil Code, which obliges wives to fulfil the sexual needs of their husbands at all times.” Honour-based Killing in Iranian Law UN Special Rapporteur: “Similar concerns apply to provisions such as articles 301 and 612 of the Islamic Penal Code of 2013, which provide for lighter punishment if a murder is committed by a father or paternal grandfather of the victim and even allows judges to release the perpetrator without any punishment. These provisions, as observed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, pave the way for total impunity in the case of killings in the name of so-called honour.”

Renewed Crackdown on Women’s Rights Advocates Amnesty International (2017):

“The authorities renewed their crackdown on women human rights defenders and increasingly likened any collective initiative relating to feminism and women’s rights to criminal activity. Women’s rights activists … were subjected by the Revolutionary Guards to lengthy, oppressive interrogations, and threats of imprisonment on national security charges….”22

The Plight of Ethic and Religious Minorities in Iran

“The [UN] Special Rapporteur regrets that the information she received did not reveal any notable improvement in the situation of human rights in the country.”

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran (2017)


“Deviant Faiths” – targeted and harsh treatment

The Special Rapporteur: “The Special Rapporteur is also concerned about the targeting and harsh treatment of Christians from Muslim backgrounds and members of various Sufi groups, … which are considered “deviant faiths” by the authorities…. The Special Rapporteur is particularly concerned at the continuing systematic discrimination … of adherents to the Baha’i faith…. In addition to arbitrary arrests, detentions and prosecutions of Baha’is, the authorities reportedly continue to destroy the community’s religious sites and cemeteries, while pursuing activities that economically deprive Baha’is of their right to work. This policy is in line with a 1991 directive issued by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution that calls on the authorities to systematically prevent the integration, progress and success of the Baha’i community in the country.”23

Iran’s disadvantaged ethnic minorities -- entrenched discrimination

Amnesty International: Iran’s disadvantaged ethnic minorities, including Ahwazi Arabs, Azerbaijani Turks, Baluchis, Kurds and Turkmen, remained subject to entrenched discrimination, curtailing their access to employment, adequate housing, political office, and their exercise of cultural, civil and political rights. …Ahwazi Arabs were imprisoned and subjected to torture and other human rights violations. They complained that the authorities repressed expressions of Arabic culture, including dress and poetry….

Freedom House: “The regime cracks down on Muslims who are deemed to be at variance with the state ideology and interpretation of Islam. …Sunni Muslims complain that they have been prevented from building mosques in major cities and face employment discrimination for government jobs.”24

“One fifth of the executions carried out in Iran in 2016 concerned Kurdish prisoners”

The Special Rapporteur: “Violations of the rights of ethnic minorities continue to be reported in the country. Almost one fifth of the executions carried out in Iran in 2016 concerned Kurdish prisoners. Among those executions, 21 were related to the crime of “moharebeh” (waging war against God and the State) and 1 to membership in a Kurdish political party. Kurdish political prisoners are said to represent almost half of the total number of political prisoners in the country.”25

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