Nazanin Afshin-Jam , the president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions met with Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, three members of Canadian parliament and members of the Persian community.
After the meeting , Prime Minister Stephen Harper, issued a statement Tuesday about the regime in Iran, its handling of the disputed June presidential elections and its subsequent violent crackdown against protesters:
“Our position on Iran is clear – the recent actions by the Iranian authorities are unacceptable to us and inconsistent with any tolerable standard of human rights,” Harper said in the statement. “Iran must stop using violence against its own people, release political prisoners and journalists who have been unjustly detained and allow both domestic and international media to report freely. Our government also stands proudly with the people of Iran and with members of our own Persian community who are demanding a full and transparent investigation into allegations of electoral fraud during June’s Presidential vote.”
After the meeting Nazanin said: “I am proud that Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, does not recognize Ahmadinejad as the legitimate President of Iran. It was impressive how much the PM knew about the human rights abuses taking place in Iran. The Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney who was also present spoke about how the Iranian government is not allowing Canada to have any more agents in the embassy in Iran to process visa applications. I would really like to see the Iranian-Canadian Diaspora unite in forming a Think Tank or Commission of sorts to provide practical recommendations to our government on how they should deal with the Iran crisis.”