Sounding the Alarm on Iran's Human Rights Violations

(Jerusalem Post) Irwin Cotler and Mark Kirk - Canadian MP Irwin Cotler is co-chairman with Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois of the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in Iran, and of the Iranian Political Prisoners Global Advocacy Project. Canadian parliamentarians and their American counterparts have been sounding the alarm on domestic repression and the Iranian nuclear and terrorist threat to international peace and security. We are witness to state-sanctioned assaults that are tantamount to crimes against humanity. The regime has only been ramping up its crackdown on dissent in advance of the presidential election. The government of Iran sponsors terrorism, seeks nuclear weapons, spews hateful rhetoric, and tramples the human rights of its own people. Accordingly, we have launched the Iranian Political Prisoners Global Advocacy Project, where parliamentarians "adopt" Iranian political prisoners and advocate on their behalf. We are determined to make their voices heard. To secure the release of these human rights heroes, Iranian political prisoners must become household names, and their cause must become our cause. For the remarkable and courageous individuals who dare to challenge the regime, telling their stories is the very least we can do.

2013-06-14 00:00:00

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