United Nations, Nov 3, IRNA-Irania Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Mostafa Alaee strongly criticized Ottawa's human rights record during a session of the UN General Assembly's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) here on Wednesday.
Addressing the session, Alaee presented various documents pointing to the human rights violations of Canada and its many years of being a human rights violator.
"Documents provided by the UN supervisory system and non- governmental organizations (NGOs) show Canada's record as one of the world's violators of human rights," Alaee said.
He cited the discriminatory behavior of Canadian police officers and personnel towards Canadian natives as well as the abduction of at least 500 Canadian native women during the past few years as some examples of the human rights violations of Ottawa.
Alaee further pointed to the violent treatment of demonstrators by Canadian police, illegal detention and resort to torture during interrogations as well as the reckless shooting of suspect people by police officers as other examples of human rights violations in Canada.
Referring to the murder of an 18-year Iranian student by a Canadian police officer in 2003, Alaee called on Ottawa officials to "seriously follow up the case and provide a final report on the it."
Keyvan Tabesh, an Iranian student residing in Canada, was attacked and killed by an off-duty police officer in the Vancouver area on July 14, 2003 on the pretext of self-defense.
However, in June 2004 the Canadian court which heard the case acquitted the policeman of the murder of Tabesh, a finding based only on insufficient evidence.
"Being charged itself with human rights violations, is Ottawa competent enough to initiate a human rights resolution in the UN against another country?" Alaee asked, referring to a resolution which Canada filed against Iran's human rights record.
Stressing that Ottawa's assessment of Tehran's human rights record was "politically motivated," the Iranian representative questioned Ottawa's motives for initiating the resolution, saying, "Given its dark record of human rights, Ottawa itself deserves to be the subject of a resolution for its human rights violations."
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