Date: April 16,
Mr. Jack Layton, Leader of
Ottawa, ON K1A
GOOD TERRORIST AND BAD TERRORIST?
We would like to request you to
address the Iranian Community's concerns regarding the reality that certain
members of the Conservatives and Liberal Caucuses are receiving support from and
meeting regularly with an exile group of Iranians aligned with Neo -Cons in the
U.S. Indeed, given that the group
previously acted under the patronage of Saddam Hussein,. The group is despised
by mainstream Iranians residing in Canada, as well as in Iran, ordinary
citizens and political activists.
The organizations is so called
Mojahedin Khalq (MKP) and/or the National Council of Resistance of
Iran (N.C.R.I). Nonetheless, they
habitually assume given names to elude the authorities of countries in which
they are active.
The number of occasions on which
Liberal or Conservative members of Parliament have met with this organization
are numerous, and include, but are not restricted to the
1. December 18, 2005: Two
Conservatives member of Parliaments (MPs) and one independent flew to Toronto to attend a conference organized and attended
exclusively by members of the Mojahedin at the Colony Hotel in Toronto. The Four MPs
consisting of Stockwell Day, Paul Forseth, Yasmin Ratansi ,
and David Killgour all spoke and endorsed the idea of regime change in
Iran by military force.
2. March 31, 2006: Yasmin
Susan Kadis; and Bryon Wilfert attended a meeting
organized and attended exclusively by members of the Mojahedin organization. In
fact, Yasmin Ratansi and Bryon Wilfert decided to ignore a meeting
arranged by mainstream Iranians and decided instead to only attend this meeting.
Such as they did at a forum by four parties candidates on election on Jan 9,
As such, while it is understandable
that reasonable people will disagree about the proper definition to be accorded
terrorists, given that this is an organization listed as terrorist by the
Canadian Government, suggests that these Members of Parliament have taken it
upon themselves to distinguish between good and bad terrorists.
example, how is it that Foreign Minister
state "not a red cent to "Hamas" and decide to withhold funding from the
Palestinian territories, while other Members of Parliament meet with the
terrorist organization members right here in our own backyard. To put it differently, am I the only
person who finds it hypocritical that Mr. Stockwell Day who is
the current Minister of Public
Safety has no
misgivings about dealing with a terrorist organization?
It is important to note that, the
vast majority of Iranian-Canadians residing in this country loathe the
Mojahedin. While the majority of Iranians fled Iran to escape
theocrats authoritarian regime, the Ayatollahs, they have the same
tolerance for the Mojahedin.. The reasons for such hatred are, after all,
quite obvious and understandable. Because the organization is undemocratic and
sectarian that practicing violence. Such reputable organizations as Human Rights
Watch have recently dedicated two studies to cataloguing serious violation of
Human Rights and crimes undertaken by this organization.
on Responses to Human Rights Watch Report on Abuses by the Mojahedin-e Khalq
Organization (MKO) (February 5,
Rights Abuses Inside the Mojahedin Khalq Camps (May
Iranian-Canadians, we expect our government in Ottawa to make good on its promise of
supporting democracy. As members of Canadian society we are wedded to the
understanding that democracy in Iran will not be achieved by
resorting to military action or supporting proxy organizations such as the
appeal is simple, respect the views of Iranian-Canadians. Do put pressure on the
ruling clergies to respect freedom of speech and free all the prisoners of
conscious, seeking justice for Zahra
and respect the Human Rights and democracy. Democracy in Iran will not
achieved by the military actions.
Any government that turns a blind eye to atrocities that are blatant
violations of human rights, is an accessory to these acts. May we point out
after more than 53 years Iranian have still not forgotten the U.S. led coup in
1953 against the democratically elected government of Dr.
the hope of your immediate consideration,
of Shahrvand Persian Publication (firstname.lastname@example.org)
of Center for Thought, Dialogue & Human Rights in Iran
CC: Right Hon. Stephen Harper< Prime
Minster of Canada
Mackay, Minster of Foreign Affairs
Bill Graham, Interim leader of Liberal
Yasmin Ratansi, Liberal M.P.
Kadis, Liberal M.P.
and Persian Media and