It seems that the Canadian minister of foreign affairs has changed his stance on the recent presidential election. The initial condemnation of the biased Islamist approach that lets only supporters of the regime participate, was replaced by a softer position in a letter by John Baird published in the Globe and Mail.
The pro-democracy Iranian-Canadian activists disagreed with that and expressed their views in the following statement:
“Respecting” Sham “Election” or Legitimizing the Islamic Regime- In Response to the Statement of John Baird Re: “Iranian Elections”
published on Thursday, July 04, 2013
On June 14th 2013 Hassan Rowhani, one of the handpicked candidates by Khamenei and the Guardian Council became the 11th President of the Islamic regime in Iran.
Hassan Rowhani, in the past 34 years, has been a loyal supporter and a key figure within the Islamic Regime – the regime of: oppression, torture, rape, executions and more…. In 1999 during the presidency of another “reformist” Mohammad Khatami, Hassan Rowhani was a man responsible for sending the Basij Islamic Militia (paramilitary) into the residences of the University of Tehran students to brutally suppress and kill those University students.
The activities of the Islamic Regime’s agents have been evident; according to Iranians American Forum published Article about Mr. Ali Tabatabai, brother-in-law of Mr. Tajzadeh, “reformist political prisoners” – Mr. Tajzadeh appraised his brother-in-law for the petitions/minister-baird-must-retract-his-disparaging-comments-on-iran-s-election-results . In his letter from “prison”, Mr. Tajzadeh addressed the “Iranian-Canadians” who signed the petition: “you include Iran’s regime as part of yourself and while the Iranian Embassy is closed you act on behalf of that embassy.” (a petition with 378 signatures among more than a hundred thousand Iranian-Canadians)
Unfortunately, on June 21st 2013, many of us were sourly disappointed when we read Mr. Baird’s An open letter to the People of Iran published in the Globe and Mail. In his open letter Mr. Baird appeared to have backed down from his original statement of June 15th 2013 when he recognized the [s]elections for what it really was: a sham orchestrated by the Islamic Regime as an attempt to gain some credibility and legitimacy.
There is no question the pro-regime agents and lobbyists in Canada are very active with a strong financial backing. This is something that the Iranian pro-democracy activists in Canada have been concerned about for years and have tried very hard, to expose these agents and their activities. However, it is unfortunate to see that these pro-regime elements have sufficient resonance with Mr. Baird in influencing his original stand which condemned the Islamic Regime in Iran and promoted freedom and democracy for all Iranians.
It is sad to witness that, despite the claim of connecting “Iranians – in the country with those in the Diaspora” – who are struggling for freedom and democracy, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs have connected the pro-regime lobbyists/”reformists” in the country with those in Canada to prolong the life of a mass murderer regime. “Lest We Forget” that for the past 34 years under the “Islamic Republic of Iran”, Iran has undergone the darkest period in the history of the world – comparable to: Inquision Period, Fascism and Nazism. Furthermore, under an Islamic dictatorship in Iran, Iranians have no “rights” to choose their own clothing, food and sexual orientation; the notion that the people of Iran could “elect” their own president, it is nothing but a lie.
We have been witnessing the agents of the Islamic regime propagating that the people of Iran have “Voted for Hope” and inviting politicians to congratulate the outcome the “choice of hope”. A “hope” which was handpicked by Ali Khamenei and Must-be a Male Shi’a Muslim. It is a crime to congratulate people who live in the Islamic Concentration Camp of Iran for choosing their prison guards: Fascists or Nazis.
The Islamic regime is a tragic book which consists of many chapters: “fundamentalists”, “reformists”, “moderate-reformist” and full of characters: Khomeini, Rafsanjani, khatami, Ahmadinezhad, … and Rowhani; regardless, it is the same book.
We, the Iranian- Canadian activists who strongly oppose the theocratic dictatorship regime in Iran, would encourage the Government of Canada to take side with the Iranians whom have been oppressed and silenced for 34 years – regardless of changes of the prison guard (president): fundamentalist hard- liner such as Ahmadinejad or quickly “transformed fundamentalist” to a “moderate-reformist” clergyman such as Rowhani.
We appreciate your support of the Iranian people in their struggle for democracy and freedom; and also wishfully hope that other western countries will put diplomatic pressures on the Islamic Regime.
Sayeh Hassan, Iranian-Canadian lawyer, pro-democracy activist and blogger Sayehhassan30@gmail.com, shiro-khorshid-forever.blogspot.com
Mansoureh Nasserchian, Iranian-Canadian activist, radio producer and documentary maker, email@example.com
Faramarz Shiravand, Iranian-Canadian investigative reporter and political activist Shiravand_mf@yahoo.com
1. Assembly of Experts, a deliberative body of Islamic theologians that is charged with electing and removing the Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran and supervising his activities,
2. Expediency Council an administrative assembly appointed by the Supreme Leader
3. Supreme National Security Council institution responsibilities for: Determining the defense and national security policies within the framework of general policies determined by the Leader; Coordination of activities in the areas relating to politics, intelligence, social, cultural and economic fields in regard to general defense and security policies; and Exploitation of materialistic and intellectual resources of the country for facing the internal and external threats.
4. Center for Strategic Research a leading Iranian think tank on strategy issues. It is the research arm of the Expediency Discernment Council
5. Expediency Discernment Council is an administrative assembly appointed by the Supreme Leader delegating some of his own authority to the council — granting it supervisory powers over all branches of the government