Families of plane crash victims want the Canadian government to get tougher on Iran

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The families of those killed in the January 2020 shooting down of Flight 752 by the Iranian military are calling on the Canadian government to take strict action against the regime.

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Iranian-Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill on Tuesday to mark 1,000 days of mourning for their relatives, and crowds made clear their displeasure at the federal government’s action so far.

“I have already lost all my life, all my future,” said Maral Gorginpour, whose husband Fareed Ariste died in an accident.

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The two got married in Iran three days before boarding the flight.

“I want justice; I need the truth and till that day I will not stop,” said Gorginpour, who joined hundreds in front of the Supreme Court before marching through the parliamentary premises.

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In her speech to the crowd, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland promised that Ottawa would take more action but did not say specifically what that would be.

“We will use all means at our disposal to isolate and punish the brutal dictatorship,” Freeland said.

His remarks were interrupted several times, as protesters called on liberals to kick Iranians with ties to the regime out of Canada.

Conservative leader Pierre Poiliver stirred up the crowd by saying that the Trudeau government had refused to recognize the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an arm of Iran’s military, as a terrorist group.

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Poilievre last month supported a formal request by the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims to the International Criminal Court to launch a war-crimes investigation. So far, Canada has helped Ukraine pursue its criminal case, in recognition that the airliner was registered in Ukraine.

“We have 1,000 days of words; We need action,” Poilivre said, attracting cheers.

“The time for deeds has come, and I want you to know that you have friends in the Conservative Party who will fight tooth and nail.”

Sanctions experts have said it would be challenging to list the IRGC as a terrorist organization without barring entry into Canada and without confiscating the assets of thousands of people employed in short, low-ranking positions such as Cook.

But Liberal MP Ali Ehsi, who has also been pushing his government to step up its response, said there was a way for Ottawa to treat the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group without punishing those recently drafted into non-combat roles. Must work to find a way.

On Monday, Canada approved nine entities, including 25 Iranian officials and the head of the Revolutionary Guard. Ehsi, who has a large Iranian-Canadian population riding Willowdale in Toronto, said on Twitter that the sanctions are “not enough.”

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In Halifax on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada was working with other countries to get justice.

“All Canadians, this government and all political parties stand with the people of Iran as we stand for women’s rights and human rights,” he said.

Iranian police have cracked down on protests across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in mid-September, two days after Iran’s ethics police arrested her for allegedly wearing a hijab too loosely.

Gorginpour said Ottawa needs to take a tougher stand against the regime, or it will continue to beat up protesters, shoot down flights and torture political prisoners.

“As long as they keep quiet, the regime kills more people, and they are not held accountable.”


Source: globalnews.ca

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