“Canada is dismayed by the long list of human rights concerns noted in the report, including arbitrary detentions, torture and mistreatment of detainees, persecution of ethnic minorities, lack of judicial independence and the execution of an estimated 1,539 people since 2011.
“The persistent persecution of the Bahá’ís in Iran is deeply disturbing. Christians also continue to experience difficulties, including, by disturbing report, a court sentencing Christians to lashes for drinking wine during communion.
“While Iran’s leaders present a moderate façade to the world, travelling internationally and hosting foreign trade delegations, the Iranian government continues to systematically violate the human rights of its own people.
“Canada continues to call on Iran to undertake real, concrete and lasting reforms. The people of Iran deserve to have their rights respected by their government and to be allowed to live in freedom and prosperity.”
March 14, 2014