Baird slams Iran on human rights, they hit back with Quebec sovereignty

by The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Iranian officials angry at John Baird for his criticism of their internal politics have hit back by asking how he’d like it if they weighed in on the Quebec independence debate.

The foreign affairs minister denounced Iran at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Quebec City today.

He singled out the Middle Eastern regime for religious intolerance that has resulted in the persecution of people of the Christian and Bahai faith.

The Iranian delegation protested during the speech and was allowed to reply to Baird’s remarks.

Iraj Nadimi, head of the Iranian delegation, pressed the matter in a news conference, asking how Canada would feel if Iran used an international forum to support Quebec sovereigntists.

Uganda also denounced what it called Baird’s arrogance and ignorance.

There are about 1,400 international delegates at the meeting.

Relations have been tense between Canada and Iran since September, when Canada closed its embassy in Tehran.

Credentials were revoked for Iranian diplomats in Canada and they were ordered to leave the country.

Baird and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have said the Canadian Embassy in Tehran was closed because they feared for the safety of staff.

Previous to cutting ties, Baird and Harper also cited Iran’s alleged support for terrorists and attempts to develop nuclear weapons.

They have also criticized Iran’s support of the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its demands for the destruction of Israel.

Baird was unapologetic for his remarks at the conference.

“Sometimes the truth hurts,” he told reporters.

He says he chose the forum to try and gather more support against Iran’s nuclear program and human rights abuses.

“Staying silent is never an option when people stone women, when they hang gays, when they incite genocide, when they say they want to wipe the Jewish people and the Jewish state off the map,” he said. “It is never good for anyone in civilized society to stay quiet.

“It is tremendously important as an international community that we speak with one voice.”

(With files from Patrice Bergeron)




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Baird slams Iran on human rights, they hit back with Quebec sovereignty

  1. Baird is right truth must be told how Canadian miners are poisoning African nation none stop for so long.Harper and CO who are thieving the nation here at home and miles away from home in Africa . Check Canadian mining project in all Africa. it is terrifying.

  2. The Iranians are quite right….we should mind our own business.

  3. I guess no one’s told the CPCs about Tibetans, Uyghurs, etc. in China, then? Actually, I seem to remember them briefly flirting with consistency on human rights when they were in opposition, but I guess it faded pretty quickly once in power.

    If you are going to be consistent about it, then by all means call out other countries and try your best to resolve problems in your own. If you’re just going to ignore the flagrant abuses of major trading partner, then STFU.

  4. Iran missed the target;if they wanted something more apropos they should have slammed the way we treat our First Nations.

  5. In my comment two weeks ago about Baird vs The UN, I wrote:
    “Baird: Wouaf! Wouaf! Wouaf! Grrr!”
    Well, with Baird vs Iran, I’ll do it again:
    “Baird: Wouaf! Wouaf! Wouaf! Grrr!”
    But I’ll add this:
    “Nadimi: Baird, piss off, okay?”

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