Statement by Minister of State Yelich on Hamid Ghassemi-Shall’s Return to Canada

October 10, 2013 - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement:

“Canada joins Hamid Ghassemi-Shall’s loved ones in welcoming his safe return to Canada.

“Canada, with the help of our partners and allies, worked tirelessly on Mr. Ghassemi-Shall’s behalf, advocating his release and return to Canada.

“Although Canada is relieved by the positive outcome of Mr. Ghassemi-Shall’s case, we continue to be concerned by the untold numbers of political prisoners languishing in Iran’s notorious prison system. 

“We urge Iran to comply immediately with all its international legal and human-rights obligations.”

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