“Canada must and can do more to help the people of Iran by listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization,” said the Canadian MP and the Conservative Shadow Minister for National Defense, James Bezan, addressing a conference on Saturday in Canada. The event was attended by several prominent politicians and lawmakers from Canada and the United States, who expressed their utter support for the Iranian people’s uprising and their organized Resistance movement. They also urged the Canadian government to proscribe the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist entity.
Mr. Bezan’s message:
Hello. I want to join all of you by expressing my solidarity with you today. I wish I could be there to stand up for freedom, democracy, civil rights, the equality of women, justice, and a better future for the great people of Iran. I denounce Ayatollah Khamenei and the Mullahs’ regime, who have trampled upon every aspect of international norms and values. For decades, the regime in Tehran has repeatedly committed crimes against humanity.
This includes the 1988 massacre of more than 30.000 political prisoners. This includes shooting down flight PS. 752. This includes aiding Russia in its illegal war in Ukraine. And it includes the brutal and unjust murder of Mahsa Amini, and all the lives taken by this ruthless, brutal regime.
This must stop. Canada must and can do more to help the people of Iran by listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization. In 2018, parliamentarians passed a motion unanimously calling on the government to do just so. But Justin Trudeau and his liberals have refused to officially add them to the list for over four years. In 2017, I sponsored the Sergei Magnitsky law to hold corrupt foreign officials and gross human rights violators to account.
.@jamesbezan Shadow Minister for National Defence denounced repeated crimes against humanity by Iran's regime:
Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners
Shooting down of flight #PS752
Brutal murder of #MahsaAmini & all Iranians lives
"Canada must & can do more to help ppl of Iran" pic.twitter.com/4e6ZlkMBoJ
— International Committee in Search of Justice (@isjcommittee) February 4, 2023
Soon, I’ll be putting forward new legislation to update our sanction laws to ensure all those responsible for the atrocities committed in Iran and around the world are held to account. It will be because of people like yourselves and all Iranians who continue to demonstrate true resilience and courage in their peaceful protest and civil demonstrations that change the future of Iran. Your tenacity and commitment to a greater future for Iran are inspiring.