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e-2530 (Civil and human rights)

Initiated by Najmieh Rad from Waterloo, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • In November 2019, nationwide protests were sparked in Iran after the government announced a huge rise in petrol prices;
  • Security forces crushed the protests using lethal force, shooting and probably killing hundreds of people, and injuring thousands of others;
  • The authorities have arrested thousands of protesters as well as journalists, students and human rights defenders to stop them from speaking out about Iran’s ruthless repression;
  • Detainees have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Many are being denied access to their families and lawyers;
  • Mass arrests across the country are a warning sign; and
  • They point to the imminent risk of further violations of due process and fair trial standards.
We, the undersigned, residents of province of Ontario, call upon the Government of Canada to urge the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to convene a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with the aim of conducting an independent inquiry into the allegations of grave human rights violations against prisoners, detainees, and others, including unlawful killings, torture and enforced disappearances, that have taken place in the Islamic Republic of Iran since 15 November 15, 2019.
This inquiry requires Iran to give unrestricted access to detainees, prisoners, and other affected parties and to allow the inquiry to monitor trials. Based on these findings, the Human Rights Council should apply pressure on Iran to ensure Iran upholds its international human rights obligations and bring those responsible for serious human rights violations to justice.
Open for signature
April 30, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 28, 2020, at 2:10 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Marwan Tabbara
Kitchener South—Hespeler
Liberal Caucus
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