Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who had said that ” criticism of Israel is an old-fashioned anti-Semitism” – his government has been campaigning on behalf of the Zionist entity since Ottawa tabled a resolution at United Nations General Assembly in 2006, denouncing Iran’s poor human rights record. In response, Tehran compiled a 70-page booklet on Canada’s human rights violations. It documented Ottawa’s record on discrimination against Aboriginal people, refugees and immigrants. It also cited Ottawa’s refusal to help its own Muslim citizens lingering in the US jails such as Omar Khadr 24, who was captured, tortured and physical abused since he was 15-year-old – and recently sentenced to 40-year imprisonment by a US court.
Last year, Harper’s cabinet minister Jason Kenney banned British MP George Galloway to enter Canada on a speaking tour for his pro-Palestinian and pro-Hizbullah views. Early this year, Harper’s deputy FM Peter Kent was reported saying that an attack on Israel is an attack on Canada.
Last month, Canada lost its bid to the UN Security Council seat for the first time for Harper government’s blind support for the Zionist entity.
In August 2010 – Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, a low-caste Hindu from India had said that his organization is increasingly concerned about the serious worsening of Canada’s human rights approach.
“There is a real shrinking of democratic spaces in this country… Many organizations have lost their funding for raising inconvenient questions (concerning Israel),” AFP quoted Shetty as saying.
On November 3, 2010 – The Iranian envoy at the UN slammed the Canada for its ‘politically motivated’ lies about the Islamic Republic.
“It was obvious that the draft resolution had nothing to do with human rights, but was a politically motivated exercise to serve the narrow political purpose of Canada and other co-sponsors,” Iran’s representative was quoted by the UN’s website as saying on Wednesday.
Addressing the General Assembly, the Iranian envoy said the resolution “in no way, corresponded with actual human rights in Iran and its content reflected flawed, inaccurate and unfounded allegations.”
The envoy criticized Canada’s track record on human rights saying that the country’s minority groups “including African Canadians and aboriginal people, continued to face discrimination in all walks of life.”
“The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women had also noted with concern that a disproportionate number of aboriginal and indigenous women and girls continued to suffer from a high level of discrimination and violence,” he added.
“The profound impact of violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada has created a national tragedy,” the Iranian mission said in a statement.