Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fee for family wrongly deported to Libya is horrendous!

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) should reverse its decision to ask for a $6,800 fee from a family who have already been wrongly deported to Libya! The Benhmudas have been through more than enough--they don't deserve to have their lives be put on hold like this! It should have been clear from the first time the Benhmudas applied for refugee status that their lives were in danger, and CIC should have never rejected their application! Do the right thing CIC--scrap the $6,800 fee, and bring the Benhmudas back to Canada immediately!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lack of empathy for Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan is atrocious!

It's been a year since Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Attaullah, who was working for the Taliban, and he STILL remains at large!!! How is it that Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls' education, cannot live safely in Pakistan, yet the Taliban can do as they please?! By refusing to investigate Malala's case, the Pakistani police are allowing fear, ignorance, and cowardice to destroy Pakistani society! The Pakistani legal system must be criticized for the same reasons as the police!The Pakistani government must be blamed as well--how did Attaullah manage to escape to Afghanistan, and nobody from the government security forces tried to capture him and kill him?!
The Pakistani citizens who ignore Malala's suffering deserve to be heavily criticized as well--how is it that the attempted murder of a young girl who wants girls to be educated gets dismissed as a conspiracy theory by the West, yet any criticism of the Taliban is blunted in the name of being "culturally sensitive?!" What is Pakistan becoming as a society when anyone who wants to change Pakistan for the better is targeted as an agent of Western imperialism, yet the Taliban are given the benefit of the doubt? Pakistani society is in an incredibly sad and pathetic state of affairs when we have Malala, a now 16 year old girl, more willing to challenge the beliefs of the Taliban than most members of Pakistani society!
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Judge's dismissal of Baha'i citizen's murder proves that Iran's legal system is still corrupt

The delay in dealing with the case of Iranian Baha'i citizen Ataollah Rezvani shows yet again that the Iranian legal system is not based on delivering real justice to victims, and that widespread persecution of Baha'is continues in Iran. The judge's dismissal of Rezvani's death as a suicide instead of the murder that it was goes against all of the evidence presented in the case, and is a gross injustice to Rezvani himself, his family, and his friends. Despite all the talk of reform, it is clear that grave human rights abuses are accepted and rewarded in Iran; nothing will change until real, effective punishments are used against the Iranian government and its legal system.
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