Irwin Cotler, PC, OC, MP (born May 8, 1940) was Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003 until the Liberal government of Paul Martin lost power following the 2006 federal election. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commonsfor the constituency of Mount Royal in a by-election in November 1999, winning over 91% of votes cast. He was sworn into Cabinet on December 12, 2003.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer who defended the rights of women and minors, and now sits in solitary confinement and is on hunger strike since October 17.
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012
IRWIN COTLER HIGHLIGHTS THE PLIGHT OF
IRANIAN POLITICAL PRISONER NASRIN SOTOUDEH
Calls her: “The face, symbol and embodiment of the human rights struggle in Iran; says that Canadians have a responsibility to stand in solidarity with Iranian prisoners of conscience and the Iranian people in their just struggle”.
Ottawa – Prof. Irwin Cotler, Co-Chair of the Global Iranian Political Prisoner Advocacy Program, rose in the House of Commons to highlight the plight of Iranian political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh – recent recipient of the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – and currently in her 22nd day of a hunger strike to protest the cruel and inhuman pressures and punishment exerted against her, her family, and other political prisoners by the Iranian regime.
Said Cotler, “Nasrin Sotoudeh continues to be the face, symbol and embodiment of the human rights struggle in Iran – a leader in the struggle for women’s rights amidst the persistent and pervasive assault against women; a leader in the struggle against child executions, while Iran has executed more minors per capita than any other country in the world; a courageous lawyer for political prisoners until becoming a political prisoner herself”.
A fellow human rights lawyer and counsel to prisoners of conscience, Cotler concluded that, “While the international community has focused on the Iranian nuclear threat, the massive state-sanctioned assault on human rights has passed quietly under the international radar screen. It is our responsibility to stand in solidarity with the Iranian people and Iranian prisoners of conscience – to champion their case and cause – to tell them that they are not alone – and that their just struggle for human rights and human dignity will prevail”.
Source: Irwin Cotler Official Web Site
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