TEHRAN (Iran News) – What a Strange World. After the Ukrainian passenger plane was shot down due to human error in Iran, some countries like Canada decided to take advantage of this mishap in favor of themselves to put pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to dictate their own so-called human rights principles.
One of these countries was and is still Canada which persistently seeks to increase pressure on Iran by resorting to different pretexts. Last week the Superior Court of Justice of the Canadian province of Ontario ruled that Iran owes damages to families who sued over the crash, which killed 176 people, 138 of them with ties to Canada. Of course Iran’s foreign ministry by issuing a statement rejected this ruling and said, “”Everyone knows that the Canadian court has no jurisdiction over this air crash” since it occurred outside Canada.” Although Iran has repeatedly said he has arrested those who mistakenly shot down the plane will stand trial and the country will pay the damages, Canada as one of the so-called defenders of human rights resists Iran’s measures. This happens while recently Canada has witnessed one of the most horrible crimes and the world is waiting for reaction of this country’s officials regarding to this crime.
This claim comes when the remains of 215 Indigenous children were on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada.
An estimated 150,000 Indigenous children passed through the schools between their opening, around 1883, and their closing in 1996. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prioritized putting in place a list of 94 actions for commemorating the students and improving the lives of Indigenous people. But Indigenous leaders believe the government still has a long way to go.
The discovery of the graves has given new impetus to the nation’s debate on how to atone for its history of exploiting Indigenous people as the country is one of the so-called defenders of the human-rights. Many are asking how so many children could have wound up in that burial space.
While the world and UN independent experts have asked for a probe on this horrible crime, the country faced another crime this time again the Muslim community.
Flags throughout Canada were put at half-staff and impromptu memorials comprising children’s moccasins or shoes, often marked with “215,” have sprouted, including one in front of Canada’s Parliament building in Ottawa.
The recent hate attack that took the lives of four members of a Muslim family and left a fifth one seriously injured has shaken Canada to its core and raised fears of similar attacks triggered by religious or racial bias, in a country known for its big immigrant population and ethno-cultural diversity.
On Sunday evening, a driver mounted a curb and plowed his pickup truck into the family who were out on an evening walk near their home after attending a mosque in London, Ontario, killing both parents, a daughter and grandmother.
Their 9-year-old son is reportedly now in stable condition.
The heinous crime has triggered heated debates about the emergence of Islamophobia in Canada and has drawn reactions from a number of Canadian officials.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to take more action to fight far-right hate groups.
Trudeau made the remarks as he joined several thousand mourners in a vigil at the London Muslim Mosque to remember three generations of the Afzaal family, of Pakistani origin, who lived in Canada.
“This was an act of evil. But the light of the people here today, the light of the lives of the Afzaal family – that will always outweigh the dark,” Trudeau said as he addressed the mourners, after placing flowers on the steps of the mosque.
Canadian premier has labeled as a “terrorist attack” the recent killing of four members of a Muslim family who were killed in a “premeditated” vehicle attack in Ontario province.
Despite the prime minister’s claim, Canada has no good record in human-rights and the racism is growing due to the passiveness of the government.
So Canada is better to defend its human rights record rather than blaming Iran for ignoring human rights by resorting to different pretexts to step up pressure on Iran because Iran will never bow down to the Western kind of human rights. One a strange world Canada which is a violator of the human rights preaches others to observe human rights.