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Human Rights in Iran: Rozita Vaseghi

 

Hon. Michael L. MacDonald: Honourable senators, I bring to your attention the unfair treatment of Iranian citizen Rozita Vaseghi. Rozita Vaseghi, a member of the Baha'i community in Iran, was arrested in 2010. She is currently held in Vakilabad prison in Mashad. The Iranian judiciary sentenced Ms. Vaseghi to five years in prison and also banned her from leaving the country for 10 years. This sentence was increased by two years on appeal.

Ms. Vaseghi has endured months in solitary confinement and was issued new charges while imprisoned. In July 2011, she was sentenced to an additional five years in prison. Ms. Vaseghi was included by Amnesty International in its 2011 submission to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women drawing attention to prisoners of conscience.

As a member of the Senate of Canada, I condemn the Iranian regime's deplorable abuse of human rights and call for the immediate release of the unlawfully held prisoner Rozita Vaseghi.