The Canadian government has unequivocally committed itself to the protection and promotion of international human rights;
The Canadian government has recognized the Iranian authorities’ egregious human rights violations against the Iranian people, including against imprisoned web-developer and permanent resident of Canada, Saeed Malekpour, whose sister, Maryam Malkepour is a Canadian Citizen;
The Iranian authorities have been condemned for the arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and murder of Iranian-Canadians, including imprisoning web-developer Saeed Malekpour, in violation of international human rights law, which expressly prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention as mandated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
Saeed Malekpour was arbitrarily arrested on illegitimate charges, imprisoned after a sham trial and does not have access to his lawyer;
Saeed Malekpour languishes in prison on a life sentence, based solely on a forced confession obtained through torture; and
Saeed Malekpour has been recognized by international NGOs as a prisoner of conscience, and the United Nations has extensively both documented and condemned his degrading and inhumane treatment and torture.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to jointly with the Prime Minister, personally and publicly call for the release of Saeed Malekpour — permanent resident of Canada – in his 10th year of unjust imprisonment for his courage and determination to make technology more accessible and promote freedom of expression and democratic values.
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