September 22, 2011
New York City
Canada's seat sits empty as Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City on September 22, 2011.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s absence signals that Canada will not give an audience to Iran's hateful, anti-Western, anti-Semitic views.
Iranian rhetoric on the world stage does nothing to address the real and pressing concerns of the Iranian people, instead creating regional instability.
Canada strongly condemns the public execution yesterday of Alireza Molla-Soltani, a 17-year-old boy.
Iran’s leaders regularly demonstrate flagrant disregard for human rights, including the rights to freedom of religion and speech. Iran is increasingly isolated from the international community in this regard.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will continue to champion freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law on the world stage.