Ambassador Bennett Denounces Attack on Pilgrims in Iraq

December 19, 2013 - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:

“Canada unequivocally condemns the horrendous attacks in Iraq targeting Shi’a Muslim pilgrims ahead of the major Shi’a ritual of Arbaeen.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these tragic events and their families. This type of cowardly violence fundamentally undermines the freedom to worship safely and peacefully. Such violence, perpetrated against any faith community, must not be tolerated. We call on the Government of Iraq to bring those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice. 

“Canada continues to be extremely concerned by the surge of sectarian violence in Iraq, which has claimed the lives of thousands of people, mostly civilians, during 2013.”

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