Thank freaking gods of all flavors that we voted conservative. (Thanks again Grace!)
The Kazemi Case as explained by the CBC
Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died in Iranian custody on July 11, 2003, almost three weeks after she was arrested for taking pictures outside a prison during a student protest in Tehran.
Born: Shiraz, Iran.
Died: July 10, 2003
Age at death: 54
Fled Iran: 1974. From there she moved to France, before landing in Montreal in 1993. She held joint Iran-Canadian citizenship. Profession: Freelance journalist. She did shoots in the West Bank, Jordan, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. Most recently, Kazemi freelanced for Montreal-based alternative magazine Recto-Verso. “She would expose anything she felt was unjust, especially regarding women’s conditions,” said Melanie Navarro, a colleague at the magazine.
Two days later, Iran’s official news agency reported that Kazemi had died in hospital, after suffering a stroke while she was being interrogated. On July 16, 2003, the story changed. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, Iran’s vice-president, conceded that Kazemi died as a result of being beaten.
Welcome to the office of the Trade Commissioner Service in Tehran.
Effective immediately, we will limit our encounters with Iranian officials to the Kazemi case, Iran’s human rights record and Iran’s nuclear non-proliferation performance. No visits or exchanges by Iranian officials to Canada will be permitted, nor will Canadian officials engage with Iran, except relating to these issues. Canada will not block the initiatives of private Canadian companies to trade with their Iranian counterparts. However, we will continue to apply strict export controls on sensitive goods and we will continue to advise business people about the political environment to consider when doing business with Iran. Furthermore, any existing programs of cooperation between Canadian government agencies and their Iranian counterparts will be halted. This state of relations will persist until Iran has taken steps to launch a credible and independent investigation and judicial process into the Kazemi case. We have not decided to recall our Ambassador, nor to shut down Embassy services. We believe there continues to be a need for professional-level dialogue regarding the serious existing difficulties in our relationship.
These events, The beating and torture death of Kazemi, took place under the Chretien Government. Thats the same Prime Minister who while in office personally went to Pakistan to have a man freed from prison on terrorism charges who subsequently went back to fight Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
After having been detained in Pakistan on suspicion of funding the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad, Ahmed Said launches a hunger strike. He gathers his six children, contacts Canadian journalists and asks Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to intervene. Chrétien later raises the issue with the Pakistani government during a trade mission.
It appears as if Canada maybe has one eye partly open. We don’t get much good news on the anti jihad front in terms of Governments acting in the interests of their own people in the face of Islamic blackmail and terrorism so enjoy this bit with a beer and a ham sandwich. Give the crust to the dog.