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Canada Condemns Iran’s Cynical Candidate Selection Process

May 22, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Iranian state media has reported that a mere eight of the 686 people who registered as presidential candidates for the upcoming election have passed the regime’s ideological vetting and been approved to stand. This absurd result further demonstrates how deeply this bankrupt regime distrusts and fears its own people—even its own supporters.

“The Iranian people deserve to have their voices heard. They deserve a genuine and meaningful choice. The clerical, military dictatorship of Ayatollah Khamenei continues to stifle fundamental democratic freedoms by censoring media and silencing open and democratic debate. The regime’s vast system of domestic repression through politically motivated arrests, imprisonments and threats of retribution against those who express dissenting views, at the hands of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Basij, is unacceptable.

“Canada challenges the regime to have the courage to face the aspirations of the Iranian people. Canada stands as a friend of the Iranian people and calls on Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime to open up, roll back the apparatus of fear and stop denying Iranians their basic human rights.”

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