(No. 52 – February 2, 2010 – 7 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement urging the Government of Iran to halt the planned execution of nine individuals:
"Canada is deeply concerned by reports that the Government of Iran is planning to carry out nine more executions of political prisoners, in addition to the two it carried out on January 28. We urge Iran not to proceed with these executions.
"The decision to impose the death penalty on these nine people is clearly part of a disturbing and negative trend of politically motivated repression and intimidation of opposition supporters, and religious and ethnic minorities.
"Canada continues to have grave concerns about Iran's rapidly deteriorating human rights situation. Canada once again calls upon the Government of Iran to reverse this trend and to meet its domestic and international legal obligations, and further urges Iran to ensure that due process is respected for those detained."
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