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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Days after the Islamic Society of York Region celebrates Khomeini, Canadian MPs declare his murders a crime against humanity

Government and opposition MPs are joining forces to support an NDP motion that would make Canada the first country to recognize the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners in Iran as a crime against humanity.
NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar will put forward a motion to condemn the 1988 state-sponsored execution of an estimated 5,000 Iranian political prisoners as a crime against humanity. The massacre, which lasted approximately five months, was ordered through a fatwa by then Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
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From Liberal MP Irwin Cotler:
I am pleased that we stand together in solidarity – with Iranian Canadians – to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Iranian government’s massacre of political prisoners in 1988. Pursuant to a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian regime systematically interrogated, tortured and summarily executed thousands of political prisoners. Many of the families were never informed about the executions and many of the victims were buried in unmarked mass graves. The Iranian government has never acknowledged or identified those who were secretly executed and tortured, and has never explained its crime.
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