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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 10:16 am    Post subject: a letter to my Canadian Government reps Reply with quote

TO:
Pierre Pettigrew - Foreign Affairs Minster
CC:
Paul Martin - Prime Minister
Stephen Harper - Opposition Leader
Stockwell Day - Opposition Foreign Affairs critic
Jack Layton - New Democratic Party Leader
Alexa McDonough - New Democratic Party Foreign Afffairs critic
Judy Wasylecia-Leis - NDP Member of Parliament

Sir,

The fate of Zahra Kazemi as revealed to the Canadian press yesterday by Dr. Shahram Azam is a challenge to our country and a challenge to us all. The Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Mullah clerics that control it, have demonstrated nothing but contempt for justice in this matter. Moreover, it is easy to discern the horrendous treatment Ms. Kazemi was subjected to and the blatant disregard for basic human rights that is being covered up is by no means exceptional when considering the modus operandi of the personnel assigned the task of enforcing the Republic's oppressive agenda.

Ms. Kazemi was subjected to the same brutal treatment that is ugly fate prescribed on a regular basis to those who challenge the regime. That's why it happened at all. It happens all the time. We as Canadians aquiesce to these circumstances every time allow our elected representives and their agents to engage the regime in any sort of diplomatic venture offering compromise and every time we silently allow corporations that operate under the Canadian flag to profit from its undertakings.

Mr. Pettigrew, I understand full well that in the larger scope the impact of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran would have little impact on the flow of goods to and from that sovereign state. The void left by Canada no longer participating in commercial ventures will be quickly filled by commercial operations flying a different flag. That much is obvious but that's not the point.

I contend that seeking to impact the Islamic Republic financially is an exercise in looking at the wrong side of the equation. I contend that by continuing to allow ourselves to profit from dealing with the Islamic Republic and the Mullah that controls it we do ourselves the most grave of disservice. I contend we should take our small potatoes, as it were, at start banging the biggest damn gong we can find, calling attention to the grievous conditions that Ms. Kazemi risked her life trying to expose and eventually led to her torture, rape and killing. We as Canadians must take a firm stand and call attention to the corrupt sham of a regime that saw to it that the voice of Ms. Zahra Kazemi was silenced. We must take up her cause because it is a justcause and make every effort to ensure her voice is once again being heard and make it resonate in every forum at our disposal.

Its not a question of economic impact. It is a question of what price we are willing to pay for the causes of justice and basic human rights. I call on you as our elected representive in matters of foreign relations to let it be known the Government of Canada has heard the cry for justice, that we will not allow it to be silenced and that we will no longer tolerate the disregard for human rights that defines existance within the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I call on you and our government to once again publically and fervently condemn the attrocity of Ms. Kazemi death, to aggressively reassess current policy, to announce that the Government of Canada is unilaterally taking steps to enforce a moratorium on new dealings with Iran and engaging the business community to assess the domestic impact of full economic sanctions against them with a mind to cut economic ties with the regime completely.

If refusing to get in the sandbox any longer is our only means acting on our Responsibility to Protect then so be it.

Let the Mullah know that we don't want their blood money.

Respectfully,
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: Doctor: Canadian Reporter Beaten in Iran Reply with quote

Doctor: Canadian Reporter Beaten in Iran

Thu Mar 31, 8:15 PM ET World - AP Canada
Source URL: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050401/ap_on_re_ca/canada_iran_journalist_3

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO - A Canadian photojournalist was beaten, tortured and raped before she died two years ago while in custody in Iran, a former Iranian army doctor who examined her said Thursday.

Shahram Azam said he examined Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian freelance journalist of Iranian origin, in a military hospital in Tehran on June 26, 2003, and noticed horrific injuries to her entire body that could only have been caused by torture and rape. It was just days after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests against the ruling theocracy.

Dr. Azam recently received political asylum in Canada.

Azam examined Kazemi in the emergency room after she was transferred from Tehran's Evin prison. Reading from notes taken from the examination, Azam said Kazemi arrived unconscious with bruises all over her body.

She had a skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a smashed nose. She also had deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs and back.

"As a doctor I could see this was caused by torture," Azam said through an interpreter.


He said as a male doctor in a military hospital, he was banned from examining a woman's genitals, but the nurse who did so told him of "brutal damage."


Prison officials sent her to the hospital saying she was suffering digestive problems and had vomited blood. Azam concluded that the blood had poured down her throat from her smashed nose.


Iranian officials have said she died after she went on a hunger strike, fainted and struck her head as she fell.


The authorities have at various times acknowledged that Kazemi was killed by state security officers, but the official explanation is unchanged.


A secret agent was brought to trial and was acquitted. But lawyers for Kazemi's mother said the proceedings were flawed. They also said it was a prison official, not the agent, who delivered the fatal blow.


Iran-Canada relations, soured by the slaying and subsequent burial in Iran against the wishes of Kazemi's son in Canada, further deteriorated after Iran refused to allow Canadian observers to attend the trial. Relations were strained further when the Canadian ambassador was not allowed to attend the last session of the open trial.


Canada withdrew its ambassador in July in protest. A new ambassador has since been sent to Tehran.


Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew condemned Iran on Thursday for not holding a legitimate trial.


"The Iranian justice system has failed in every instance so far. Iran is failing basic human rights and to Canada this situation must stop," Pettigrew said. "This new evidence, while gruesome, simply reinforces our position that this was not an accident. The family needs answers, Canadians want answers and we will not stop pursuing this case until justice is rendered."


Azam, a former major in the Iranian security force, arrived in Canada on Monday. He fled Iran last fall with his wife and daughter under the guise of seeking medical treatment.


Officials from Canada's Foreign Affairs and Immigration departments interviewed him in Sweden in November and fast-tracked his request for refugee status.

Marlys Edwardh, the family's attorney, said Azam's recollections match the description given by the woman's mother, who was allowed to briefly view the body in the hospital.

She said his account also makes it clear the Iranian government has lied about the case from the start.

Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi said he would not rest until he finds justice for what happened.

"I'm continuing what my mother has started by standing up to the Iranian regime," he said.

Edwardh said they have asked Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to press the Iranian government for a full criminal investigation of the case.

Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said Iran's standing in the international community is now on trial.

"The Kazemi case is a case study of whether Iran is finally going to come clean, become accountable and show that is a citizen of the international community," Cotler said. "If they don't respond properly, and accountably in this instance than they will expose themselves for all the world to see as an outlaw nation."
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:07 pm    Post subject: Doctor: Canadian reporter beaten, raped in Iran Reply with quote

Doctor: Canadian reporter beaten, raped in Iran

Source URL: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-03-31-canadian-journalist_x.htm?csp=34

TORONTO (AP) Ś A Canadian photojournalist was beaten, tortured and raped before she died two years ago while in custody in Iran, a former Iranian army doctor who examined her said Thursday.
Shahram Azam said he examined Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian freelance journalist of Iranian origin, in a military hospital in Tehran on June 26, 2003, and noticed horrific injuries to her entire body that could only have been caused by torture and rape. It was just days after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests against the ruling theocracy.

Dr. Azam recently received political asylum in Canada.

Azam examined Kazemi in the emergency room after she was transferred from Tehran's Evin prison. Reading from notes taken from the examination, Azam said Kazemi arrived unconscious with bruises all over her body.

She had a skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a smashed nose. She also had deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs and back.

"As a doctor I could see this was caused by torture," Azam said through an interpreter.

He said as a male doctor in a military hospital, he was banned from examining a woman's genitals, but the nurse who did so told him of "brutal damage."

Prison officials sent her to the hospital saying she was suffering digestive problems and had vomited blood. Azam concluded that the blood had poured down her throat from her smashed nose.

Iranian officials have said she died after she went on a hunger strike, fainted and struck her head as she fell.

The authorities have at various times acknowledged that Kazemi was killed by state security officers, but the official explanation is unchanged.

A secret agent was brought to trial and was acquitted. But lawyers for Kazemi's mother said the proceedings were flawed. They also said it was a prison official, not the agent, who delivered the fatal blow.

Iran-Canada relations, soured by the slaying and subsequent burial in Iran against the wishes of Kazemi's son in Canada, further deteriorated after Iran refused to allow Canadian observers to attend the trial. Relations were strained further when the Canadian ambassador was not allowed to attend the last session of the open trial.

Canada withdrew its ambassador in July in protest. A new ambassador has since been sent to Tehran.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew condemned Iran on Thursday for not holding a legitimate trial.

"The Iranian justice system has failed in every instance so far. Iran is failing basic human rights and to Canada this situation must stop," Pettigrew said. "This new evidence, while gruesome, simply reinforces our position that this was not an accident. The family needs answers, Canadians want answers and we will not stop pursuing this case until justice is rendered."

Azam, a former major in the Iranian security force, arrived in Canada on Monday. He fled Iran last fall with his wife and daughter under the guise of seeking medical treatment.

Officials from Canada's Foreign Affairs and Immigration departments interviewed him in Sweden in November and fast-tracked his request for refugee status.

Marlys Edwardh, the family's attorney, said Azam's recollections match the description given by the woman's mother, who was allowed to briefly view the body in the hospital.

She said his account also makes it clear the Iranian government has lied about the case from the start.

Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi said he would not rest until he finds justice for what happened.



"I'm continuing what my mother has started by standing up to the Iranian regime," he said.

Edwardh said they have asked Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to press the Iranian government for a full criminal investigation of the case.

Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said Iran's standing in the international community is now on trial.

"The Kazemi case is a case study of whether Iran is finally going to come clean, become accountable and show that is a citizen of the international community," Cotler said. "If they don't respond properly, and accountably in this instance than they will expose themselves for all the world to see as an outlaw nation."
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Kazemi Petition: Expel Islamic Clerical Regime from UN Reply with quote

Kazemi Petition: Expel Islamic Clerical Regime of Iran from The UN For Killing a Canadian Photojournalist, and Call For Free Referendum In Iran!

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Petition Start Date By ActivistChat:
Thursday July 24, 2003



To: Prime Minister Of Canada , U.S. President, EU Heads of States
The Right Honorable Jean Chretien:

CC: U.S. President, EU Heads of States, Heads of the worldĺs democratic states, General Secretary of the United Nations, The United Nation Commission for Humman Rights Special Rapporteur, U.S. Secretay of State, U.S. Congress, Senator Brownback, the European Parliament, Canada Foreign Minister, Amnesty International, International Journalism Group and Ms. KazemiĹs Son, Mr. Stephan Hachemi


As you are aware, Ms. Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian-Iranian photojournalist, was arrested on June 23, 2003 and was savagely and barbarically beaten to death by Islamic regime officials. News agencies reported that Ms. Kazemi's body was buried on July 23, 2003, in Shiraz, Iran, contrary to the wishes of her family, and repeated formal requests from the Canadian government. "Don't send me your condolences when your government killed my mother, tortured her and still doesn't respond to my demands" - words that spoken by her son (for other detailed facts regarding the case please click on http://www.activistchat.com/reporter/index.html ).

The systematic use of torture and terror, as instruments of domestic and foreign policy employed by the Islamic Clerical regime in Tehran, is no doubt a crime against humanity. It is time for a collective and decisive action by the Canadian, G8 governments, and the international community to support the freedom-loving Iranian People, to put an end to such horrific crimes against humanity and to pave the way for freedom.

Today the Iranian people are demanding civil and political freedoms, separation of religion and government, equality and justice (especially
for the Iranian women), the immediate liberation of all political prisoners and Free Referendum.

With regard to the above, we the undersigned request your urgent help so that another human tragedy can be prevented before the Islamic regime causes another massacre in Iran. It is a regime that has executed over 120,000 political prisoners and freedom-loving Iranians in less than 2 decades. An Iran that is free from the current regime's rule will have countless benefits such as undercutting much of the funding for terrorist groups, paving the way for a more peaceful Middle East, and creating a region in which all inhabitants can participate in a system that is for the people and by the people. In this we ask that you respond to the following appeal:

- The continued legitimization of the Islamic regime in Iran must stop at once.
- Please give an ultimatum to the regime, urging it to step down peacefully because they have lost all legitimacy.
- Please ask the UN to immediately send a team to observe the situation in Iran.
- Please support the general demand of the Iranian people for a free referendum and elections observed by international organizations.

If the Islamic Clerical regime in Tehran does not step down peacefully please consider the following steps:
- Freeze All Assets Of The Regime.
- Discontinue Oil Exports From Iran.
- Expel The Islamic Clerical Regime From the UN.
- Expel The Islamic Regime's Ambassador From Canada and EU countries. Relations with the regime should be reduced to Consular level only, as to serve the consular needs of the Iranian people.

Since the tragedy on September 11th, one of the most tragic human rights violations of recent times, the world community must deliver a strong condemnation to such violators. To avoid another such tragedy we should not tolerate any human rights violations in any part of this planet by any group. Please consider the above requests from peace-loving and freedom-loving people of Planet Earth.

"Human beings are all members of one body.
They are created from the same essence.
When one member is in pain,
The others cannot rest.
If you do not care about the pain of others,
You do not deserve to be called a human being."

A Quote from Famous Persian Poet Saadi Shirazi
( 13th century Persian poet, from Shiraz the birthplace of Ms. Zahra Kazemi)



Sincerely,

The Undersigned :
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Name Comments City / Country Profession
932. tomas hess usa
931. natalia Hernandez colombia
930. sahar
929. Space We all are searching for truth and the ability to unveil all peoples from a gloomy, violent, and inhuman shade imposed by a minority of greedy dominator pawns. The peaceful and fair are the majority, it is time for the pendulum to swing. USA
928. Danial I believe by now conscience and logic should lead the world leader to get rid of the evil before it is late and protect the democratic world. vasteras - Sweden Student
927. Hugot jean-pierre Fontenay-aux-Roses /France
926. joe baker this is unforgivable. United States ny
925. Belloc elisabeth Fontenay-aux-roses-France Adjoint-administratif territorial
924. Elizabeth It's time to organize and get serious. The US forces won't be close by forever; it's now or never. Toronto, Canada Writer
923. ilkay cinko-oner London UK legal executive
922. arezou Auckland NEWZEALAND STUDENT
921. samantha shreeve hull, England full time mum
920. Vida AAhoraei I hope Zahra's soul free Iran
919. Anoosheh Irani It is most unbelivebale.
918. doug young
917. Amin
916. Goli FREE IRAN USA
915. dara chehrazi mclean, usa
914. G. Hartig Kick the Ayatollahs out USA Anti-Islamofascist League
913. Kamron Nabavi
912. Dr. Ali A. Solhi Let justice and liberty prevail Southern California Lawyer
911. T Lazarini
910. Mehrdad Canadian Government must seek justice for her death.
909. Carlos The oppressive government of Iran has brutalized and subjected it's people fear and death. Mrs. Kazemi's voice was silenced like countless others...The world DEMANDS a free and democratic Iran! USA Teacher
908. Someone Please do some thing for this poor world
907. ali iran teacher
906. Avi aefre6bd@umw.edu USA student
905. John Jackson Alabama,USA COMPUTER TECH.
904. shahriar
903. Arash
902. Dominic DiRenzo Burlington NJ USA
901. ali zand
900. mandana
899. Koroush Shokofandeh Doroud bar MOJAHD iran TV IPN
898. karine alger
897. pouyan
896. Katrina Tozer Free Iran student
895. reza London/England Computer Engineer
894. Farnaz Let us never have such atrocities occure ever again.
893. Richard Goldsmith I am outraged, Justice need be done Boca Raton, Florida USA IT professional
892. Michelle Reyes
891. Ahmad Kasravi Tabrizi Ms. KAZAME went to Persia to prove that Persian people are facing torture, death arbitrary apprehension, physical and psycological torture. She had proven to the world that Persian people are treated the most cruel and unusual fashion by paying the price, which was her life. Her soul remain happy.
890. aminasopas
889. gity usa RN
888. bahramian alireza ba shoma hamdardim nederland
887. kris please so whatever you can to make ammends for the senseless killing entailed here usa
886. Megan USA Student
885. Abdiel Lawrence I support the students in Iran. Some how some way, I hope the Iranians know what is going on in the Ukraine, let that be their example to guide them and rid themselves of the mullahs once and for all. Lodi, New Jersey, USA Student
884. Jeff Casey
883. Cecile Los Angeles
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Name Comments City / Country Profession
882. Paul Gazzoli Free Iran! USA Student
881. Terry York USA
880. Behnam Golnezhad Tehran Student
879. Tommaso Ciuffoletti Italy Student
878. REZA SRABI NICE ACT SAN DIEGO SALES
877. Aaron RIP to the poor soul for her horrible death, and i hope this pettition will work.
876. Ahmad Bahrami MBA Fresno/CA/USA Criminal Justice/Service Professional
875. Mr Lee Barnfield United Kingdom of Great Britain Professional
874. Canadaone You may kill one. but you won't kill a people's freedom to think. Canada Security
873. Steven Bindman
872. Melissa Miles abilene texas
871. gholamreza hassanzadeh
870. Zavie Canada CML Advocate
869. Ryan Scott Tyrants should not be in the UN if the UN is to be what it claims to be... Colorado Springs / USA Engineer
868. tim o'connor help is on the way!!! ca.,usa
867. John A. Barclay III Retired
866. John A. Barclay Mesilla, New Mexico, USA
865. Ryan C. Rose This should not go on. If the UN is to be even a decent organization it should not allow murderous dictatorships to be members. Vancouver, WA, United States of America.
864. Gal Zeira
863. Amir Normandi I am dedicating a photography exhibition to her name Oct29, 2004 in Chicago Chicago, Illnois Photographer
862. Melanie West Austin, Texas, USA
861. Fereshteh Rostampour Islamic Regime of Iran is a Threat to the civil world. They must be stopped NOW. USA Professor
860. Sascha D Salimi none Herndon/USA Student
859. Dan Trulin FREE IRAN NOW!!! Minneapolis, USA
858. Jeremiah Ewing Jesus loves you! Jesus is either Lord, a liar, or a lunatic! He died on the cross for your sins! I deplore the cold-blooded, premeditated murder of Mrs. Kazemi. I think that this is just another example of the hatred of Islam! There is no love in Islam, as in Christianity! Sacramento student
857. roya We were astounded & extremely sandened by what happened to dear ms. Kazemi. We couldn't believe it, listening to the news here in California, at 1st, that Ms. Kazemi's detained. I was thinking to myself "no, they (the dreaded gov't of mullahs), wouldn't do anything to hurt her". Next thing you know, we hear she's been beaten to death. I'm not sure, as I was young back in 1979, being in my early teens, but I still remember, were Iranians complaining about the Shah being heavy-handed? What do they call this? It's worse than Stalinsm. Santa Clara, CA
856. farhad akbari bring the killers to justic odense/denmark musition
855. Gerald Patrick O'Bryan Freedom, not tyranny, for the people of Iran! Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. Environmental Technology
854. mazdak
853. Caitriona Keown Toronto, Canada student
852. ValÚrie Veilleux MontrÚal, Canada Útudiante
851. Diana Proulx Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
850. paulo monteiro Shame on whoever relates by any mean with this murderer ,abject, and fascist regime of the mullahs. Portugal
849. Cyrus Asli No one lives for ever, but the good or bad actions you take today is how you are judged when you are gone to the pages of history. The first King and founder of Persia was a liberator that freed the Jews of the hands of the evil Babylon tyrunts thats why for ever and even in the bible he is mentioned. Do the right thing for your brothers and sisters of the planet Earth and when its time to lay down you too in your time of life will go down in history as a liberator and live for ever in the hearts of men. Canada student
848. shamim dont let kil the 3 children in iran. in november plz OSLO/ NORWEY student
847. LUCIEN-VAUTHIER Pertuis France Teacher
846. Troy Zimmermann
845. Amadeo Saguar Madrid, Spain
844. Doug Larson I have not yet begun to fight! USA Technical Service
843. mary usa
842. Behnam Daraeizadeh I agree and this is from my friends Tehran Iran Student of Law
841. Pedram Daraeizadeh From Shahid Shamsipour University Tehran Iran Studen of Computer
840. Naghmeh Klonaris USA
839. Clayton Struthers travesty....but common when dealing with hardliners
838. Carole Philipps United States
837. Reza Kheradmandi We will rememebr her for ever Oslo, Norway ┬
836. ali VA/USA SOS IRAN
835. Dr. Ali A. Solhi
834. Natasha Rohani Seissan
833. shannon martinez Florida

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Name Comments City / Country Profession
832. HASSAN ZEREHI SHAHRVAND PUB CANADA WRITER
831. Arzhang Salahshoor Free Iran and all those who are risking their lives to make it a better place student
830. Mullah Ali She is gone but she will never be forgotten. Zahra's memory is intertwined with the history of freedom loving people and would live forever. Chicago/United States Technical Consultant
829. NINA MARIE BROOKS United States travel
828. Lili
827. Linda MIchaels Free political prisoners! USA Student
826. ghaffari,familly Stop Terrorism Iran Students
825. Bridget We must show to the world, who we are, and the difference between the freedom loving people of iran, and the dirty terrorists who have killed our brothers and sisters. Justice will be ours. Freedom for Iran!!! Down with the Islamic Republic! We must all come together as one, and fight the beasts that have taken our beloved country away from us for 24 hurtful years. California, U.S. student
824. david heathen i feel very sad for stephen and i admire him for the justice he is trying to achieve from canada, canada needs to be more aggresive to this matter........good luck stephen, and i pray the wrong doers to your mother will get judge for what they have done. bonnyville, alberta information technician
823. Hallaj There is no border for the Mafian regime's murders. The world should react. Honor to Kazemi who dared to do the impossible job and paid for it by her valuable life. My regards to her brave son Stephan. Norway Businessman
822. Krzysztof Sobolewski DOWN WITH THE THEOCRACY !!! LIBERTY FOR IRAN !!! Poland Programmer
821. Azriel peskowitz
820. Zohreh Bakhtiar
819. Bruce Weisinger This is absolutely absurd and unjust. As an American citizen, I feel that this is an international issue, not a personal or a Canadian issue. It's absolutely deplorable that this has happened and I believe that our Country, the United States, should be supportive of Justice and should take appropriate actions for true Justice and sanctions against Iran and the International community especially with the current atmosphere of world events. Where is our president Bush now ? US Attorney / Business man
818. Melanie Rodrigues
817. ken burch Mullahs tourture and teach hate to Children, enslaving them with ignorance of the Free and Decent world around them United States Interloper
816. Melanie Rodrigues Student
815. Stephanie Facchini
814. Tom Brewitz Iran should change it's slogan from "Death to America" to a less bigoted slogan. St. Paul Artist
813. john middleton they'll never bring her body back to Canada, where it belongs, because they don't want us to know the truth... and I'm sure it was a horrific truth... not at all natural.. Time for Pierre Pettigrew to (in his own words to the Iranian judiciary) "have the courage to act" toronto
812. Pierre Alexes ChrÚtien no longer PM. Westmount, Qc
811. HAMID RIAHI get the murderers of Kazemi now! Ottawa Real Estate Broker
810. Alireza Mesbah
809. Anne Jones I am outraged as a human being and as a Canadian. Canada has to take a strong position or we are all in danger. Perth, Ontario, Canada
808. FreedomFighter The poster below should find a more suitable location for venting this filth. This is a petition in remembrance of Zahra Kazemi and anti-Islamic Regime. You sound to be an agent of the regime, so go post your filth somewhere else. OH Student/Activist
807. Aloha A US journalist who first revealed the scandal at the notorious Abu Ghraib detention centre says there are videotapes of American occupation soldiers sodomizing young Iraqi boys at the prison.Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said the Bush administration is holding the tapes of these acts. "The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling, and the worst part is the soundtrack, of the boys shrieking. And this is your government at war," he told the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) earlier this month. There was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher," he added.US President George Bush claimed that the prison abuse scandal of US soldiers sexually humiliating and torturing Iraqi detainees was just "conduct by a few American troops". But new reports of abuse indicate that the intimidation tactics, including torture, may have been approved at the highest levels of government. Hersh first broke the story that shocked the world three months Montreal Truth teller
806. Ramina
805. Morag Wardrop
804. Sean shokat United Kingdom
803. Debbie Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada
802. arasht i heard just today,with great sadness,that this great woman, who was only trying to bring truth to the world, was killed in iran. may GOD,grant that her killers pay dearly for their crime... in this world or the next...for GOD sees everything and i know that HE will not spare her killers. to all of you there in IRAN, who are struggling against such tyranny, our prayers are with you. remember my brothers and sisters, winter doesnot last forever.soon the time for iran's spring will be here and new life will begin. know that winter will give way to spring.for this mother who has passed away at the hands of such evildoers, we know that she has passed straight in to HEAVEN. to her son i say, believe that your mom has been matyred.but stay steadfast in your search for the truth and in bringing her killers to justice.khoda hafez
801. John Mallernee
800. Jacques Bisson
799. Robert O. Votroubek
798. Edward S. Marshall Americans have a right to their lives. Death to theocracy! Washngton, DC, USA Student
797. Alan Fatemi Justice will be done for this great woman Mesa Arizona
796. anahita narimani
795. mike motamedi
794. kave we are with you. tehran/iran
793. Reza
792. JosÚe Lapointe QuÚbec
791. Sahar R.
790. rtyh tuy tuyu ty
789. Donny Aminizar
788. maryam bagheri USA scientist
787. Ramin Farmad ┬ Tabriz / IRAN ┬
786. Shahab Let's love one another and stop killing people in the name of religion... Iran Biomedical Engineering/Electronics
785. kourosh iran cnc ferezer
784. Traci Rogers Winnipeg media relations
783. Tara


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Name Comments City / Country Profession
782. Tom Mcilravey Justice for all. Toronto, Ontario. Canada. Business Owner.
781. Shahin Alavi
780. MOOSA ZEMNE TASLIYAD BE BAZMANDEGAN KHANOOME ZAHRA KAZEMI, AGHAYE ESTEFAN , MARDOME IRAN POSHTET HASTAND HAGHE KHODET ,MADARET VA MELLATE IRAN RO BEGIR IRAN
779. N.S USA STUDENT
778. Sally Ameli I want freedom and Iran should be Free
777. ali
776. azarbad i just want the true islamic country tehran/iran Student of university
775. Ashley C God Bless all the good and honest people of the world who believe in freedom and justice. USA student
774. Michael Johnson Our best hopes for all of the Iranian people, and we share your dreams of a better world. (Lisa's and Katie's BRO-Hi my beautiful sisters!) USA MBA student, Business and CS
773. katie johnson God Bless all good people in the world. May Iranian people find comfort knowing that we care about all of you here! USA Medical student
772. Gholamreza Yazdani London Telecomm Consultant
771. ty yuh huy uyuii
770. shaahin I ,shaahin an iranian man of 33 year old,and on behalf of the youth generation to which i belong ,hereby express our fullest disgust of this cruel regim governing over iran.We do all hope that this help these vampire come down from the power and iran get closer to civilization. tehraan,Iran computer programmer
769. Vahid It's frustrating!!! 25 years,that's enough.....Hope to see Iran without mollahas ruling the country U.S.A
768. Kamran Parsaee U.S.A
767. jack this tria now has the chance of being internatnionally taken care of.this fact afterits half finishing the other day will make the trail more important.the cpurt pocedure went on the same way it was expected.that is finished half done and in vain whothout any coming to conclusion.
766. mohammad stop these criminals Iran
765. Pam C We need to empower each other with unity to speak out against such atrocities.People whom commit such crimes are fearful and insecure, and we must fight as people of the world against such evils. Combined efforts by all simple people in the world can make a difference. God bless this family and everyone who supports them. Iranians deserve their freedom.Find ways to speak loudly Iran, for we are with you! Nurse
764. Lisa Johnson We respect the rights of this family and the rights of all oppressed people in the world...its time that everyone in the world denounce terrorism from factions, and support one another in unity.It starts with individuals, but as a team, we should demand from our governments to also unite themselves against those groups who want to disrupt freedom loving people...God Bless the good Iranian people and this wonderful woman whom Canadian authorities should defend! USA nurse/teacher
763. Sara Bagheri Calabasas, Ca, USA Student
762. steven bindman washington,dc
761. Bruce Bagheri
760. Wendy Arcentales Freedom for all Humans!! Toronto MOTHER
759. Sara Moravej let the Iranian people's voices be heard, DOWN WITH THE MULLAH'S REGIME IN IRAN!!! LONG LIVE RAJAVI!!!! USA student
758. Anna Maria Troy Do not give up until this woman and her family get the justice they deserve. She was a canadian citizen .
757. Chuck Taylor Niagara Falls, Ontario Engineer
756. George Emery POWER TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAN!!! WE SUPPORT YOUR FREEDOM!!!! Canada
755. Falko Schmeisser Gera/Germany scientist
754. Reza Throw the Clerical regime out of the U.N. Skurup / Sweden Student
753. CJ What kind of animal tortures restrained women to death and beheads bound men? Cowardly islamic extremists that's who. When will we end this political correct charade? The only way to stop this virus is to put our collective foot on it's vile throat and a stick in its eye. Avenge Zahra. New Orleans / USA
752. Ryan Burgio This is an international outrage Waterloo, Ontario Student
751. Kay S Zahra Kazemi died for her belief in uncovering the truth. Let her death not be in vain. Ottawa, Canada
750. Marisa Bagnarol Canada
749. Barbara Gottstein Islamic the support n actual doing terrorism is a crime against humaniy in Iraq. St. Paul/United States retired
748. Patrick Button Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Student
747. Christopher Fay West Palm Beach, FL Photographer
746. Sandra Nelson
745. Bryan Evans This is ridiculas, and something must be done!!! Canada System Admin
744. frida prodan Please have Mrs. Kazemi's body returned to Canada or stop all ties with the regime in power in Iran zalau/romania translator
743. Ramin Etebar,MD Las Vegas,NV.,USA Physician
742. Erick Castellon United States Graphic Designer
741. Alexiss Deeply outraged.Something must be done! Toronto, Canada
740. Sonja Wanner
739. Stephanie My heart goes out to the Kazemi family. I pray that justice will be served. Ottawa Entrepreneur
738. Erika Brown Support for the Clerical Regime in Iran must stop!! U.S.A. college professor
737. Simin Sharifzadeh
736. Parisa Alavinejad
735. Om Krishna U.S.A.
734. L. Tabatabai U.S.A.
733. Zafar Shamsi Down with the fascist regime. Mississauga, Canada

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Name Comments City / Country Profession
732. KIA ATRI Down with IR fascism LONDON
731. Amil Imani Islamic Terrorism must be condemned and eradicated from the land of Ahura. Ms. Kazemi was a victim of Islamic terrorism. United We Stand
730. mehrnoosh NOW, is the time to stand for peace and not holding back a bit. Toronto student
729. Siavash Ebbadi Azadi fardee ehya bayad gardad! Toronto, Cananda Student
728. Hassisen Montreal, Canada Physician
727. Azin Metghalchi TERRORISM must be stopped. The international community MUST support a free referendum in Iran and STOP dealing with the Islamic Mullacracy of Iran immediately!! Human Rights in Iran NOW!!! U.S.A. daneshjoo (i.e. student)
726. shahin shadmer
725. ........
724. .....
723. TYRONE MCMILLAN HELP THIS WOMEN AND HER FAMILY. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA CHILD CARE WORKER
722. MARIAM ARYAI DON'T LEST THIS ARTIST AND MOTHER DIE IN VANE. FREE HER SOUL AND GIVE A TINY SLICE OF PEACE TO HER CHILD. SIGN THIS PETITION. NO ONE ELSE CARES ABOUT THE WELFARE OF IRAN BUT US!! QUEENS, NEW YORK STUDENT
721. Mort Fotouhi Long Live Freedom Michigan/USA Engineer
720. Simin Hariri If we just leave this incident as 'a tragic, terrifying death', we will not only let Zahra Kazemi's death go in vain but also resolute to a similar fate to possibly hundreds of other reporters; and for millions of Iranians human rights will continue to remain an elusive goal. USA
719. FARA MARZ Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
718. Havi Jahanbakhshi
717. Sheryl Meyers USA journalist
716. DeAnte T. Goodloe Libertarian
715. I. Sanaee
714. HAMID
713. Massud Alemi ┬ USA Information Technology, Writer
712. frida prodan Expell this bloodthirsty and terror export regime from the UN if the UN indeed has anykind of legitimacy left! zalau/romania translator
711. Shureen
710. mercedes quiros
709. shima Mullahs are terrorist leaders, wake up world USA Student
708. joujou assemi new york, ny USA Management
707. BAHMAN
706. Hassan Sabouei Down with Killer Hannover/Germany Elektronic & Computer Techniker
705. Darmon Thornton
704. Shanna Cordell student
703. Tesia George student
702. Rick Mead Thou Shall Not Kill Dayton, USA Materials Analyst
701. JOANNA fight of human rights poland STUDENT
700. MITRA EXPEDITE TO FREE IRANIAN PEOPLE Los Angeles, CA/USA Finance
699. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lang South Carolina
698. Arash S. It is a shame what the gov┤t of iran is doing to iranians, not only in the country but also outside. This blood thirsty regime needs to be changed and justice served for all of those that have suffered! Yorba Linda, Ca, USA Lawyer
697. Amin Sabeti ┬ ┬ ┬
696. Mohammad Almasi This regime is the cause of all terrorisms. Irradicate this regime Toronto/Canada Computer Programmer
695. Behzad M.S. Computer Eng.
694. www.canadafirst.net www.canadafirst.net third world country! WHAT ATHIRD WORLD COUNTRY WE HAVE BECOME WHILE OUR MONEY GOES TO OTHER COUNTRIES AND OTHER THINGS!!
693. steph
692. amir
691. mary mary
690. ashley
689. sara free iran
688. lyla
687. lyla
686. leelee
685. Michael Binesh Georgia sales
684. cyrus let freedom ring! enough with 25 years of tyrany
683. Sonia Stone Your letter in today's Post was fantastic.

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Name Comments City / Country Profession
682. Malcolm MacDonald Martintown, Ontario Oil industry
681. bahram islamic republic has killed millions of iranians USA
680. Erika del Valle Stephan I met your mother here in Mexico when she was visiting Chiapas, she stayed at my family's home to pass the new year's eve. Veracruz, Mexico C.E.O.'s Assistant
679. Ali Jack Ekhtiar Frisco,Texas,USA Self Employed
678. a-n netherland
677. Negar The reign of terror must end. Canada student
676. reza shir ahmadi it was a sham for iranen molah regim West Vancouver Canada Security consultant
675. ashraf shirdel student of Architeture US,Sanfrancisco Architecture
674. cyrus asli my fellow bothers and sisters of all nationalities, LETS WORK TOGETHER TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF THE OPPRESSION AND DESTROY THE OBSTACLES TO THE HUMAN FREEDOM, EVERWHERE vancouver,canada student
673. Asher Abrams
672. Michaela
671. Ramin Etebar,MD
670. ross do it fast USA OperationE ngineer
669. GEORGE ANDRAS
668. Kia Canada IT
667. Abbas be derakhthaa naame to raa faryaad mizanaam.
666. Erin Schikowski No woman is oppressed alone. When one woman suffers, it is our obligation, as women, to help her. United States Student
665. Broujerdi France
664. parhampoyan abraz anzejar az akhondhai diktator va rajim manhos khomini mashhad engineer
663. shahbaz rigi long live freedom!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?!? zahedan-iran business
662. Jennifer Hirte Minnesota, USA
661. Aliakbar
660. Setareh Azadi May god help us from the hands of these terrorist
659. manocher uk.bristol bilder
658. Amir Solaty Free IRAN from Stoneage tyrunts Bergen/Norway Medical doctor
657. Justin Waldman U.S.A.
656. Sarah Rosenman
655. jam tehran/iran
654. Mohammad.M.H.Kakhki As an Iranian lawyer, I will be pleased to act on behalf of this family, out side of Iran and before all international organisation in order to condemn such this behaviour ouccured repeatedly by the Iranian regime. United Kingdom Attorney
653. Mohammad H. Farahani Ms. Zahra Kazemi was cowardly killed by a criminal government, namely, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The internatinal community must move to bring such a tyranny and barbaric government before justice and with charge of CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. As an Iranian Canadian, I am so disappointed that the government of Canada did not fulfill its obligation and prefered to remain silent. This is a huge mysterious QUESTION for me. However, I verily believe that this issue must be SERIOUSLY confronted. Toronto, Canada Immigration & Refugee Consultant
652. safa _ tehran _
651. Kevin Long Live Freedom; Long Live Reza Pahlavi Canada Student
650. farhad tehran/iran manager
649. rostam We need a memorandom house in france for all getting killed by Islamists.
648. mahbod i love you iran karaj architecture
647. K1 Iran
646. farid loge live kazemi memory tulsa owner
645. farhang jalali ┬ ┬ ┬
644. Stephan Smith F*CK THE MULLAHS and F*CK any WORLD LEADERS WHO DON'T STAND BEHIND THE FREEDOM FIGHTING IRANIAN PEOPLE.. MI College Student
643. Taylor Knock The world needs to help the Iranian people get the freedom they deserve. United States Student
642. Nasrin This regime has to pay for this and all the other murders they have committed so far. Australia Engineer
641. Sarah Rosenman USA
640. sayeh , selahvarzi
639. sayeh
638. Amir Marmarchi Please don't let clerics remain in power, Illinois,US PhD student
637. Khashayar Help Iranians achieve democracy in their country by Isolating the current regime in Iran which is hated by 90% of the population and its record on humane rights and support of terrorism is well known to all UN members. Toronto/Canada Engineer
636. bardia ┬ ┬ ┬
635. amir rezaie TURKEY student
634. Reza
633. ali khadivi

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631. bahman ┬ ┬ ┬
630. Ali Isfahani Scholar
629. Mahbod
628. Satyan canada
627. farin assemi ┬ prague/ czech republic journalist
626. Daniel Osanloo Uppsala Sweden Student
625. Manoochehr Taheri Reforms for a free election and a democratic government Toronto Canada Engineer
624. Mehdi Student USA ┬
623. bahar
622. Arvand Free Referandum Danmark EpA/Engineer
621. Ahmad Abdollahi Montreal/Canada Metallurgist
620. Dr. Nava Azad Physician
619. borzu ┬ ┬ ┬
618. Jafar Mafi Seweden Fotograf
617. Mahmoud Rowshandeli Vancouver/Canada Biologist
616. shahriar Zahra Kazemi is always in our hearth. Norway
615. SHERVIN USA BUSINESS MAN
614. CATHERINE greenwich CT TRAVEL AGENT
613. charles-danai greenwich CT BUSINESS MAN
612. Mohammad Pour
611. G.R Djamshid Nezhad the Iranian regime will pay for the murder of thousands Innocent people in Iran and other countries student
610. Bahman Abkenar long live freedom Denmark Architekt
609. Keivan Jahani ┬ ┬ ┬
608. NAHID Free Refreandum Denmark Dr medcin
607. Ziba Shushtari
606. Leila Johnson
605. arash Canada Architect
604. Mansour AMINI NeuchÔtel/Suisse Student
603. HASSAN ZEREHI WRITER-JOURNALIST
602. soshians anshan free referendum for regime change in Iran Bergen.Norway student
601. anjoman zanan demokrat irani hemayat belgium hemayat
600. shahlakhavari hemayat belgeik hemayat
599. Dariosh Mohamadi Sweden
598. irandokht azad
597. Shayan Azad Germany
596. Khodayar AFAM USA Lawyer
595. parmis
594. Mehran Rafiei I am still in shock by this act of murder Brisbane , Australia Computer Engineer , Persian Writer
593. Mohsen Rahmanian Long live peace and justice! Germany IT Specialist
592. Mahmoud Tehrani France
591. ebrahimi stockholm MD
590. reza Ziba rest in the peace cause they will pay for it .,You are my hero. Toronto self employee
589. Mohammad Beheshti Denmark
588. amir we will win
587. mohammad free all political prisoners USA
586. kamal hosseini
585. Alex Amiri Islamic Republic of Iran should be condemned for it's systematic use of force against it's opponent, and constantly violations of human rights. USA
584. Andishe Iranskt Kulterhus (A-I-K)-GBG GBG-Sweden
583. Amir Javaheri Langroude amir Sweden

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582. Molai, Ramin Berlin / Germany film maker
581. Malihe FREE IRAN - NO MORE TEROR GERMANY DR.
580. Gholam Reza Bagha'i Kazemi is alive in the heart of all lovers of freedom. Sydney, Australia poet& writer
579. mehdi_samee Free Referendum In Iran Paris,,Farance political active
578. iran social forum Please support the general demand of the Iranian people for a free referendum and elections observed by international organizations Paris,,Farance organization for social actives
577. Shahram Esfandiari London/England Software Architect
576. Ali kabiri Bring a complaint/lawsuit in the "International Criminal Court of Justice" for the crimes against humanity, committed to too many Iranian dissidents, by the rulers of the Islamic Government of Iran Engineer/Political Activist
575. marc talegani kill the mollah toronto canada architect general contractor
574. Joe Bordbar
573. Patrick Harlan Oslo Norway Animator
572. nafiseh parsa i am so sorry for her lost and the lost of all others inocence iranian people in iran....hope this regim will end soon because they are robing us our land, our beautiful culture and old historie..........We will never forget her . netherlands student
571. morteza THE BARBARIC REJIM IS BEEING SUPPORTED BY DOSE WHO ARE BEHIND THE CURTAIN AND ACT AS THEY HAVE NO IDEA OF WHATS GOING ON IN IRAN AND THATS ONLY FOR OIL AND THE BENEFIT OF THEM SELVES ZAHRA KAZEMI WAS A BRAVE WOMEN BUT I TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE 70 MILION LIKE HER WE GONE CHANGE THE REGEJIM AS OUR GRAND FATHERS HAVE BEEN BRAVE UNITED KINGDOM STUDENT
570. karma
569. Mehri ┬ Photographer ┬
568. Robert M. Buckland I just saw a BBC documentary on Zahra Kazemi for which the description "deeply disturbing" is still too mild. I find it atrocious that we should ever allow such atrocities to pass and I feel strongly that to stay quiet on such an issue is to allow evil to reign. Belize City / Belize IT Consultant
567. Golnaz USA Student
566. Hedayat Amir
565. Saleh S. Hosseini FREE IRAN USA
564. Josh Dollins USA blogger/student
563. deena ouellette this lady only spoke her consience her word will speak for all that suffer what an increbile legacy n/a office manager
562. Justin Waldman U.S.A College student
561. Dana Her pics will live for her legacy London-UK
560. willie b. lee loganville ga./usa
559. Fa´ka Gafsi she acted not in vain...
558. Iain Glanville We must get the truth Bristol Salesman
557. david galindo Islam is pure evil, not the same God we worship, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Houston,Texas Missionary
556. William J. Tallier Jr. Please do not ignore this woman's death. Rochester, Minnesota (USA) Registered Nurse
555. John Perry I have no political or religious axe to grind. I only wish that all people in the world are considered equal and that fundimentalism and intolerance of whatever persuasion be eradicated from our planet. A naive hope! UK
554. David Stevenson Justice must prevail. Human rights must not be swept aside, for political advancment, no matter what the regime is. England
553. neil foxon i have just watched a documentary on zahra and it saddens me that women are treated this way and i hope one day the family will find the truth and bring the people that caused this horriffic crime will be brought to justice this should not be the way people are traeted in this day and age london carpenter
552. Yolanda Ramiro Spain
551. Niki
550. Genii E. Bolkovatz I hope America can find nonviolent ways, such as boycotting, to free Iran. Portland/United States student
549. Stephen Paul Gilbert, Jr. Vancouver, Canada Freelance Journalist
548. Jennifer Wilson www.resolution217.org Burlington, Canada Fundraising Officer/Teacher
547. mohammadreza tehran/iran manager of products
546. Maryam Rahnama I don't remember if I already signed this petition or not,, but please expell the mullahs from UN and from our country!! Canada student
545. SHENKEL Utah student
544. ActivistChat.com Sign the Plea For Justice (Bam Earthquake Genocide) at http://www.petitiononline.com/bamquake/petition.html Los Angeles United Activists
543. Louise E.Sr°tt denmark student
542. Alexandra Hjorth denmark student
541. Christoffer Baumgarden denmark student
540. Jacob Billesh°lle denmark student
539. Johan Kisom DENMARK STUDENT
538. Andreas J°rgensen denmark student
537. Sandra Krogh Hansen denmark student
536. Trine Meland denmark student
535. Sigrid Laursen denmark student
534. Marlene meine denmark student
533. Silja Kalden Back denmark

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532. Camilla Thorbek denmark student
531. Anne Melbye denmark student
530. Kasper neimann denmark student
529. Birgitte Vendel-Lenz denmark student
528. Hans chr. Johannsen denmark student
527. Josefine Mollerup denmark student
526. Louise Garde denmark student
525. Amalie M°ller denmark student
524. Karin Lange denmark student
523. Maria Dupont DENMARK STUDENT
522. Sidsel Hansen denmark student
521. Anja Pedersen denmark student
520. Raffaella Burattelli denmark student
519. Piotr Binezucki denmark student
518. Daniel Hansen denamrk student
517. GŘnay ěztŘrh denmark student
516. Atousa Vali Sichani i belive when she went to Iran, she knew in which way she is walking through. she was brave enough to die in favore of revealing the truth of this criminal government. kingston/canada Ph. D student
515. Roger from America I am a register DEMOCRAT who supports the IRANIAN people... AMERICANS RISE UP AND DEFEND the IRANIAN PEOPLE A.S.A.P Rhode Island Doctor
514. steve Why Do Allow This and Why IS Iran in the UN
513. Kevan Nasiri Wow - Denmark has a lot of activists! Hello Denmark from Washington State! Washington/US Engineer
512. Maja Lundsted denmark student
511. Lene Lohmann denmark student
510. Simone Pattis denmark student
509. Hanne Ils°e denmark student
508. Simon Grundorf denmark student
507. marc Sh°nwandt denmark student
506. Anders Joensen denmark student
505. Thomas Rode denmark student
504. Jacob Sonne denmark student
503. Henrique Hinnerfeldt come on! denmark student
502. Mary Georgina hansen denmark student
501. Frederik Busch denmark student
500. Cathrine L.Kufahl denamrk student
499. Marlene Frandsen denamrk student
498. Louise Madsen denmark student
497. Mads T.Hansen denmark student
496. Matias Christensen Denmark student
495. Ane W.Krarup denmark student
494. Maja J°rgensen denmark student
493. Adama Darboe Denmark student
492. Karin Palling please help Denmark student
491. Sohrab Najafabadi RIchmond, Virginia (United States) student
490. Haleh I am Amazed and Appalled that the Islamic Republic Could get away with Zahra Kazemi's murder while the free world decides to look away by not boycotting the islamic Republic!
489. navid marg bar jomhooreeyeh eslami
488. John from Texas Dear Mullahs: My President is G.W. Bush and my fiance is a beautiful Iranian girl. You murderers are going down - and if I was still in the army I would sneak across the Iran/Iraq border and jack all you crooks! FREEDOM! Texas Web Consultant/Landscape
487. maven david MULLAH GO TO HELL Indonesia student
486. Cecile Dubois Freedom or Death Los Angeles Student
485. MAGGIONI Damien Geneva, Switzerland
484. Anne Smedegaard Andersen kill the mullahs denmark student
483. Cecilie Poulsen please do something!!!! tell all your friends Denmark student


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Dear BitWhys:
Thank you for your great letter to the Canadian government. Remember the ragheads (mullahs), have invested a lot of money in Canada. I have heard it is under different companies and businesses. If Canadian government wants to do anything, the best thing is to freeze their assets. I heard Rafsanjani and gang has stock in just about everything in Canada. For one reason it is easier and safer in Canada than anywhere else. Therefore, discovering these companies and finding out whether the share holder is "related" to some governmental official, is essential. These ragheads are the Houdini of deception & cunning. Most likely their investments are under different names. The challenge is whether Canadian government wants to stop being in bed with the reagheads, and start investigating and freezing these properties, companies etc. Or, like the rest of the Europeans they want to keep appeasing the ragheads at any cost.
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/sto.../BNStory/Front/


What the doctor found

"Her entire body carried strange marks of violence."

-Tehran ER physician Shahram Azam

*Bruised from forehead to ear

*Skull fracture

*Two broken fingers

*Broken and missing fingernails

*Severe abdominal bruising

*Evidence of 'very brutal rape'

*Swelling behind the head

*Burst ear membrane

*Bruised shoulder

*Deep scratches on the neck

*Broken 'nose-bone'

*Evidence of flogging to the legs

*Crushed big toe

What the Iranians said

'The death of the late Kazemi was an accident due to a fall in blood pressure resulting from hunger strike and her fall on the ground while standing.'

-Iranian judicial branch, July 28, 2004
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Canadian Tortured, Raped Before Death in Iran

March 31, 2005
The Associated Press
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http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl...5&m=04&d=01&a=2






A former Iranian army doctor said Thursday a Canadian photojournalist was beaten, tortured and raped before she died while in custody in Iran two years ago.

Shahram Azam said he examined Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian freelance journalist of Iranian origin, in a hospital June 26, 2003 and noticed horrific injuries to her entire body that could only have been caused by torture and rape. It was just days after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests against the ruling theocracy.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew responded by blasting Iran for not holding what he said was a legitimate trial.

"The Iranian justice system has failed in every instance so far. Iran is failing basic human rights and to Canada this situation must stop," Pettigrew said. "This new evidence, while gruesome, simply reinforces our position that this was not an accident. The family needs answers, Canadians want answers and we will not stop pursuing this case until justice is rendered."

Azam recently received political asylum in Canada.

Azam examined Kazemi in the emergency room after she was transferred from Tehran's Evin prison. Reading from notes taken from the examination, Azam said Kazemi arrived unconscious with bruises all over her body.

She had a skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe and a smashed nose. She also had deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on the legs and back.

"As a doctor I could see this was caused by torture," Azam said through an interpreter.

He said as a male doctor in a military hospital, he was banned from examining a woman's genitals, but the nurse who did so told him of "brutal damage."

Prison officials sent her to the hospital saying she was suffering digestive problems and had vomited blood. Azam concluded that the blood had poured down her throat from her smashed nose.

Iranian officials have said she died after she went on a hunger strike, fainted and struck her head as she fell.

The authorities have at various times acknowledged that Kazemi was murdered by state security officers, but the official explanation is unchanged.

A secret agent was brought to trial and was acquitted. But lawyers for Kazemi's mother said the proceedings were flawed. They also said it was a prison official, not the agent, who delivered the fatal blow.

Iran-Canada relations, soured by the slaying and subsequent burial in Iran against the wishes of Kazemi's son in Canada, further deteriorated after Iran rejected the idea of Canadian observers attending the trial. Relations were strained even more when the Canadian ambassador wasn't allowed to attend the last session of the open trial.

Canada withdrew its ambassador in July to protest the handling of Kazemi's death. A new ambassador has since been sent to Tehran.

Azam, a former major in the Iranian security force, arrived in Canada on Monday. He fled Iran last fall with his wife and daughter under the guise of seeking medical treatment.

Officials from Canada's Foreign Affairs and Immigration departments interviewed him in Sweden in November and fast-tracked his claim for refugee status.

Marlys Edwardh, lawyer for the family, said Azam's recollections match the description given by the woman's mother, who was allowed to briefly view the body in the hospital.

She said his account also makes it clear the Iranian government has lied about the case from the start.

Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi said he wouldn't rest until he finds justice for what happened.

"I'm continuing what my mother has started by standing up to the Iranian regime," he said.

Edwardh said they have asked Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin to go back to the Iranian government and press for a full criminal investigation of the case.
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This is yet another shameful mark on the Canadian Government and its appeasement of terrorists!



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Iranian Official Visited Canada After Kazemi Row

April 01, 2005
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CBC Radio has learned that while publicly denouncing the killing of Zahra Kazemi in July 2003, Canadian officials quietly allowed an Iranian government official to visit Canada. E-mails obtained under the Access to Information Act show that Customs officials were concerned about the visit becoming public. One e-mail said: "We should keep this as low-key as possible."

Iran had requested that one of their officials, Seyed Abu Talib Najafi, be briefed on the workings of Canada's new Advance Passenger Information database, designed to identify potential threats to civil aircraft before they board.

Two e-mails within Canada Customs suggested there were concerns: "What's our position about the requesting country?"..."in view of the current situation with Iran."

This was because the Department of Foreign Affairs had, eight days ago, recalled Canada's ambassador in Iran because it had refused Canadian inquiries about the Zahra Kazemi case. Kazemi, a Montreal-based photojournalist was beaten to death after being arrested after photographing a Tehran prison riot. Iran maintains her death was accidental.

Foreign Affairs told Customs officials it's only concern was "whether he (Najafi) will be able to get his visa in time."

In dozens of e-mails, there is no mention of Zahra Kazemi, and no one questions why Canada would help a Iran, considered by some to be a brutal police state. As well, no one asked why a government with a known track record of sponsoring terrorist attacks might want such information.

With just days to go before the visit, a flurry of e-mails revealed last-minute concerns about Najafi's identity. Canada believed his first name was Nasser. Only after he landed in Canada did they learn it was Seyed Abu Talib Najafi.

Chrystiane Roy, Iran desk officer at Foreign Affairs, informed Customs that if Najafi already had a visa, "it would be too late to do any screening." That e-mail was sent after Najafi was already en route to Canada.

In the end, it was only the great North American blackout of August 14, 2003, that prevented the briefing session.

Instead, Rachelle May, now acting director general of the Canada Border Services Agency took him across the street for a coffee. In a report sent afterwards to Foreign Affairs, she writes "he showed interest in Advanced Passenger Information."

She adds. "He was pleased that I took the time to meet him."
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Dear BitWhys:
Thank you for your great letter to the Canadian government. Remember the ragheads (mullahs), have invested a lot of money in Canada. I have heard it is under different companies and businesses. If Canadian government wants to do anything, the best thing is to freeze their assets. I heard Rafsanjani and gang has stock in just about everything in Canada. For one reason it is easier and safer in Canada than anywhere else. Therefore, discovering these companies and finding out whether the share holder is "related" to some governmental official, is essential. These ragheads are the Houdini of deception & cunning. Most likely their investments are under different names. The challenge is whether Canadian government wants to stop being in bed with the reagheads, and start investigating and freezing these properties, companies etc. Or, like the rest of the Europeans they want to keep appeasing the ragheads at any cost.


I'll keep that in mind. Timing is everything. The House of Commons sits again starting next week. Its obvious the Toronto press is not going to let this rest. The CBC is pursuing it as well. At this point I'm just going to wait to see what our well meaning (and charmingly inept) elected officials have to say for themselves. That should give me time to figure out who to contact next.
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Feds Silent on Torture

April 01, 2005
Toronto Sun
Maria McClintock


http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl...5&m=04&d=01&a=3



Federal government officials had first-hand evidence five months ago that Montreal photojournalist Zahra Kazemi had been tortured in Iran but remained mum on the critical development in the case, lawyers for her family confirmed yesterday. Kazemi, 54, was an Iranian-born dual citizen arrested after taking pictures outside a Tehran prison in June 2003. She died several days later and her case has made international headlines ever since.

Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew told reporters yesterday his officials met with Iranian Dr. Shahram Azam in November, but didn't say why the feds didn't go public with the information.

His spokesman, Sebastien Theberge, said it's not up to the Canadian government to release the information about new developments in the case.

Calling the account of Kazemi's injuries "gruesome," Pettigrew said Azam's evidence backs the government's original assessment that the woman was murdered.

Ongoing efforts by the feds to push the Iranian government for an international criminal trial have fallen on deaf ears, he said.

Azam, who was fast-tracked through the Canadian refugee system and arrived here Monday, outlined the horrific injuries he saw on Kazemi when she was brought to the emergency room at a Tehran army hospital days before she died.

Azam said Kazemi suffered numerous injuries, including a broken nose, skull fracture, multiple bruises and several broken fingers. There was also evidence of rape and flogging.

Asked why he chose to go public with the evidence, Azam said it was his duty as a doctor to come forward.

"I could see this was torture," said Dr. Azam through an interpreter.

Lawyer John Terry, who is representing Kazemi's son Stephan, said the pair first interviewed Azam in Sweden last November to verify his story and the Canadian government interviewed him a week later.
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Step up pressure on Iran torturers
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http://www.iranpressnews.com/english/sourc...rce/004160.html






Zahra Kazemi did not die in "an accident" at Tehran's notorious Evin prison, whatever Iran's discredited courts may claim. She was savagely beaten, tortured and raped, according to a physician who treated her as she lay dying from a brain injury.

Kazemi, an Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist, was arrested June 23, 2003, outside Evin prison while taking pictures at a pro-democracy rally. Three days later she was carried unconscious on a stretcher into Baghiatollah military hospital, reports Maj. Shahram Azam, a physician in the Iranian security forces who treated her. She never recovered.

What Dr. Azam saw at the hospital that night shocked him and will outrage Canadians, including the 250,000 of Iranian origin in this country.

Kazemi's skull was badly bruised and her nose was crushed. Her eardrum was ruptured. Fingers were broken. Fingernails and toenails were ripped out. Her ribs were bruised, possibly broken. She had been flogged. A nurse reported Kazemi had been violently raped. "I could see this was torture," Azam said yesterday in Ottawa, after arriving this week with his family seeking asylum. And he said the torture went on for some time.

Azam's horrific account of Kazemi's last hours makes a mockery of the Iranian court's claim that her death resulted from "a drop in blood pressure resulting from a hunger strike" and a fall to the ground.

While Canadians have just learned of Azam's findings, Prime Minister Paul Martin's government has known for months. Why wasn't the information made public? And why did Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew suggest lamely yesterday that "Canadians want answers"?

What Canadians want is action.

That action should start today with Martin recalling our ambassador to Iran and demanding Tehran immediately reopen the probe into Kazemi's death, with full Canadian and international participation. He should push for a statement by the United Nations endorsing that approach.

Martin should also insist Iran surrender Kazemi's remains to her family for burial here. That would allow the family to seek an autopsy to verify Azam's account. If Tehran balks, Martin should expel Iran's ambassador, bar officials from visiting here, and downgrade ties with the regime.

He should then petition the International Criminal Court to hold Ayatollah Ali Khameini and Iran's rulers to account. Article 8 of the Rome Statute that created the court gives it jurisdiction over crimes "committed as part of a plan or policy" that violate the Geneva Conventions, including "wilful killing" and "torture or inhumane treatment." Kazemi was subjected to both under a policy to crush dissidence. We have a case.

Martin has already rightly labelled Iran an "emerging threat" because of its attempts to develop technology that can be used to make nuclear weapons, and because of its support for terror. He should push other countries to adopt the same view. Finally, Canada must sponsor more embarrassing U.N. resolutions censuring Iran for rights abuses.

Martin must be relentless in this. That's because until justice is delivered for Zahra Kazemi, the whole world must know that Iran is run by a brutal regime that lies and turns a blind eye to torture and murder.
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Kazemi's slaying stirs calls for action on Iran Fri. 1 Apr 2005
The Globe and Mail
By MICHAEL DEN TANDT AND MARINA JIM╔NEZ


http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/arti...hp?storyid=1773




The Conservative and New Democratic parties joined forces yesterday to demand Ottawa dramatically ratchet up diplomatic pressure on Iran after revelations that Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was brutally raped and tortured while in Iranian custody in 2003.

"We want the government to do what they should have done almost two years ago, which is to drop the failed approach of soft-peddling and soft diplomacy, and make tough demands," Tory foreign affairs critic Stockwell Day said.

Both Mr. Day and his NDP counterpart, Alexa McDonough, said Canada should withdraw its ambassador to Iran if Ottawa doesn't immediately get satisfaction from Tehran on key issues, such as the return of Ms. Kazemi's remains to her family in Canada and a new criminal investigation subject to international monitors.

At a press conference in Toronto yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew brushed aside the calls for a new approach, saying Canada is already doing all it can to seek justice for Ms. Kazemi.

Mr. Pettigrew said the new testimony in the Kazemi case, which comes from the emergency-room physician who examined her before she died, "certainly demonstrates gruesome details that make it extremely troubling, most disturbing. But it does not change the nature of the dossier."

Economic sanctions by one country alone don't work, Mr. Pettigrew said. And he dismissed the notion of recalling Canada's ambassador. "We need an ambassador there to promote our case," he said.

Mr. Pettigrew added that Canada has known from the outset that Ms. Kazemi was murdered. "We do not accept the Iranian government's allegations that this was an accident. We never have."

However, Prime Minister Paul Martin, to whom Ms. Kazemi's family made a personal appeal yesterday for action, signalled a somewhat tougher position.

"I read the story this morning the same way we all did, and it's virtually impossible to not have your heart torn by what happened to her, and what her family and son must feel reading that," Mr. Martin told reporters while on a visit to Whistler, B.C.

"I must say that, by any standard, this is simply unacceptable. Canada, through its Minister of Foreign Affairs, is obviously voicing that view, and we are looking at what steps to take," he said.

Mr. Martin said that Ms. Kazemi's son, Stephan Hachemi, had asked for a meeting with his officials and that he immediately agreed.

In Ottawa yesterday, Dr. Shahram Azam Ś a former physician with the Iranian security police who last month received asylum in Canada Ś spoke in great detail about the gruesome injuries to which Ms. Kazemi eventually succumbed in July of 2003.

She had a badly broken nose, a smashed eardrum, broken fingers, a crushed toe, missing fingernails and toenails, a severe head injury, signs of flogging, and deep bruising all over her body, he said.

An examination by an emergency-room nurse revealed "brutal" damage to Ms. Kazemi's genital area, which the nurse said could only have been the result of violent rape. "Those injuries, extensive and severe as they were, could only have been sustained during torture, Dr. Azam said. "It was the first time I saw someone who was tortured," he said in Farsi, speaking softly but confidently. "It was shocking for me."

Dr. Azam's testimony is the first account by a medical witness that categorically contradicts the official Iranian explanation for Ms. Kazemi's death, which is that she died after fainting and hitting her head.

Dr. Azam said he'd examined Ms. Kazemi early on the morning of June 27, four days after she'd been arrested while taking photographs of a student protest outside Tehran's Evin prison.

Lawyers for Mr. Hachemi called on the federal government to use Dr. Azam's evidence to initiate a more aggressive approach to seeking justice for Ms. Kazemi from Iran's fundamentalist Islamic government.

"What we have now is evidence that the Department of Foreign Affairs and other international agencies should be holding Iran accountable."

Lawyer Marlys Edwardh said that the family's appeal to Mr. Martin was made in a letter yesterday. The letter proposes new avenues through which the government might bring pressure to bear on the Iranian regime, Ms. Edwardh said.

She said Ottawa could take legal steps that would make it easier for Mr. Hachemi to sue the government of Iran for compensation. She also suggested that the government could press Iran to enter into international mediation on the issue.

Both Mr. Day and Ms. McDonough castigated the government for its apparent inaction on the Kazemi file since the Department of Foreign Affairs first learned of the new medical testimony last November. "If they knew then that [Ms. Kazemi] was tortured, why did they resume normal relations?" Mr. Day asked.

Canada withdrew its ambassador to Tehran last July in protest over the Kazemi affair, but appointed a new ambassador to the post in late November.

Mr. Pettigrew acknowledged that Canada's ambassador to Iran has not yet discussed Dr. Azam's evidence with the Iranian government. "The diplomatic relations are not yet at that level," he said.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Canadian friend writes this to his Prime Minister:
http://www.activistchat.com/phpBB2/viewtop...er=asc&start=15




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TO:
Pierre Pettigrew - Foreign Affairs Minster
CC:
Paul Martin - Prime Minister
Stephen Harper - Opposition Leader
Stockwell Day - Opposition Foreign Affairs critic
Jack Layton - New Democratic Party Leader
Alexa McDonough - New Democratic Party Foreign Afffairs critic
Judy Wasylecia-Leis - NDP Member of Parliament


Sir,

The fate of Zahra Kazemi as revealed to the Canadian press yesterday by Dr. Shahram Azam is a challenge to our country and a challenge to us all. The Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Mullah clerics that control it, have demonstrated nothing but contempt for justice in this matter. Moreover, it is easy to discern the horrendous treatment Ms. Kazemi was subjected to and the blatant disregard for basic human rights that is being covered up is by no means exceptional when considering the modus operandi of the personnel assigned the task of enforcing the Republic's oppressive agenda.

Ms. Kazemi was subjected to the same brutal treatment that is ugly fate prescribed on a regular basis to those who challenge the regime. That's why it happened at all. It happens all the time. We as Canadians aquiesce to these circumstances every time allow our elected representives and their agents to engage the regime in any sort of diplomatic venture offering compromise and every time we silently allow corporations that operate under the Canadian flag to profit from its undertakings.

Mr. Pettigrew, I understand full well that in the larger scope the impact of economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran would have little impact on the flow of goods to and from that sovereign state. The void left by Canada no longer participating in commercial ventures will be quickly filled by commercial operations flying a different flag. That much is obvious but that's not the point.

I contend that seeking to impact the Islamic Republic financially is an exercise in looking at the wrong side of the equation. I contend that by continuing to allow ourselves to profit from dealing with the Islamic Republic and the Mullah that controls it we do ourselves the most grave of disservice. I contend we should take our small potatoes, as it were, at start banging the biggest damn gong we can find, calling attention to the grievous conditions that Ms. Kazemi risked her life trying to expose and eventually led to her torture, rape and killing. We as Canadians must take a firm stand and call attention to the corrupt sham of a regime that saw to it that the voice of Ms. Zahra Kazemi was silenced. We must take up her cause because it is a justcause and make every effort to ensure her voice is once again being heard and make it resonate in every forum at our disposal.

Its not a question of economic impact. It is a question of what price we are willing to pay for the causes of justice and basic human rights. I call on you as our elected representive in matters of foreign relations to let it be known the Government of Canada has heard the cry for justice, that we will not allow it to be silenced and that we will no longer tolerate the disregard for human rights that defines existance within the borders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I call on you and our government to once again publically and fervently condemn the attrocity of Ms. Kazemi death, to aggressively reassess current policy, to announce that the Government of Canada is unilaterally taking steps to enforce a moratorium on new dealings with Iran and engaging the business community to assess the domestic impact of full economic sanctions against them with a mind to cut economic ties with the regime completely.

If refusing to get in the sandbox any longer is our only means acting on our Responsibility to Protect then so be it.

Let the Mullah know that we don't want their blood money.

Respectfully,
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Martin says Iran must be held to account for Kazemi's torture and death

Source URL: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20050402/ca_pr_on_na/kazemi_martin_4

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STEVE MERTL

KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) - Iran must be held to account by the international community based on the strength of a doctor's account of the injuries he found on Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, Prime Minister Paul Martin said Friday.



"I think there's no doubt whether you are talking about international courts or whether you are talking about the UN Commission on Human Rights," he said, "I would certainly think the details of what happened to her now in the testimony that has been brought has got to make the world aware of just what Iran is all about and that they have got to be held to account."


Kazemi, 54, an Iranian-born dual citizen, was arrested after taking pictures outside a prison in Tehran in June 2003.


Iranian officials first claimed she died accidentally as the result of a fall while weakened by a hunger strike. Later they charged a low-level secret police officer in her death but he was acquitted in a closed-door trial.


But on Thursday refugee doctor Shahram Azam, formerly with the Iranian military, spoke with clinical coolness at a news conference as he listed the bruises, broken bones and other injuries he found on Kazemi. These could only have been the result of the deliberate torture and rape, he said.


Speaking through an interpreter, Azam recounted in a matter-of-fact way how Kazemi was brought into his Tehran hospital unconscious and on a stretcher on June 27, 2003, four days after her arrest.


Azam, a former major in the Iranian security force, arrived in Canada on Monday. He fled Iran last summer with his wife and daughter under the guise of seeking medical treatment.


On Friday, Martin defended Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew's handling of the Kazemi case.


And he backed the Foreign Affairs Department's decision to keep the allegations under wraps until after Azam had come to Canada. Foreign Affairs was apparently aware of the allegations last November when he applied to come to Canada after fleeing Iran for Sweden.


"I think that's what's very important is to have the testimony of the doctor," Martin said at the end of a two-day trip to B.C. "That was more striking and obviously brought the matter home in the way that a simple statement wouldn't."


Martin said he hoped the new information would have an impact on Canada's attempts to enlist international support in pressuring Iran to answer for Kazemi's death.


Pettigrew said Thursday the doctor's "gruesome" account of her injuries only reinforces Canada's belief she was murdered but that didn't change the "dossier."


Pettigrew's response drew opposition criticism from both the NDP and Conservatives, who demanded Canada recall its recently appointed ambassador to Iran and impose economic sanctions.


Pettigrew rejected demands to recall Canada's ambassador or impose sanctions unilaterally.
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Please view the video clip of Dr Azam's press conference:

http://www.iranian.com/News/2005/March/Ima...ages/Kazemi.wmv



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