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Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami

Honourable senators, I rise today to stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of brave Iranian protesters who took to the streets in January to demand an end to their corrupt and depraved government. I stand to remember the victims of those protests, the over two dozen innocents who were murdered for denouncing a hated regime that has spent billions of dollars on war and terror abroad while allowing its own citizens to suffer at home.

This past weekend we learned of yet another victim of the regime, Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami, a Canadian-Iranian professor of sociology who was murdered inside Evin prison. Iranian officials have stated that Professor Seyed-Emami took his own life after confessing to participating in an espionage ring. This is hardly credible. He was a Canadian citizen, and his case deserves the full attention of our government.

I ask the Government of Canada to do everything in its power to call for an independent inquiry and confirm the cause of the professor’s death. The murder of Professor Seyed-Emami and the actions of the Iranian regime’s response to January’s grassroots protest have demonstrated once again why the Canadian government must suspend its negotiations for diplomatic re-engagement with Iran until the Iranian leadership is replaced with a government that puts the needs of its people first. Courageous Iranian protesters who continue to mobilize and agitate are champions for justice and liberty. Those of us who have the ability to speak fearlessly and freely must support them.

In honour of Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami and all the victims of the Iranian regime, I ask all honourable senators to join me in speaking out on behalf of human rights and justice in Iran.

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