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Statements: Terrorism & fundamentalism

Maryam Rajavi calls for concrete steps by Ottawa as fresh evidence of Zahra Kazemi's murder surfaces

ImageMrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, called on the international community and the Canadian government to take practical steps against the mullahs' regime for the gruesome murder of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi. Her statement came after a press conference Friday by Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew, in which he talked about new revelations of the torture and rape of Kazemi while she was being held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

"This new evidence only strengthens our position and confirms that this was not an accident," Pettigrew said. "Iran is continuing to disregard the most fundamental human rights, and this must stop," he added.

The Iranian Resistance's President-elect described the heinous maltreatment of Ms. Kazemi as "the tip of the iceberg" of human rights violations in Iran. "If the interrogators and torturers deal with a Canadian journalist in this way, it is not hard to imagine what they do to political prisoners, especially women."

Mrs. Rajavi called on the international community to develop a firm policy and take transparent practical steps to investigate this brutal crime. She said Canada must take the lead in this regard. The time has come to refer the human rights record of the mullahs' regime, in particular its execution of 120,000 political prisoners, hundreds of terrorist attacks outside of Iran, and brutal suppression of women and religious minorities, to the UN Security Council, she said. Those responsible for these crimes must be tried by the International Criminal Court.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

April 2, 2005

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