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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why is the Canadian foreign office so determent to deport Azizi?

Azizi is an Iranian refugee that after a visit to her daughter sought asylum in Canada in 2013. She is 60 years old and she deserves to live her final years in peace and with her family. Her daughter tells us that her mother suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, and back pain. She is in need of medical treatment and that will not be possible if she is deported to Iran.
 



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Her history with the Iranian authorities is not good, She has been arrested and imprisoned for three years in Iran for being a political activist.  Her husband was executed by the regime in the 1988 massacre because of his involvement with the MEK. Azizi fears that the same will happen to her if she is deported.  She will most likely be arrested upon arrival at Imam Khomeini airport and she will be imprisoned and tortured. There is also an imminent threat of her being sentenced to death if she is deported.
 

Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh is scheduled to be deported to Iran on Feb. 28

She is scheduled to be deported on February 28th. The Canadian immigration officials acknowledge she was imprisoned for three years in the 1980s, her daughter was just a toddler at that time, because of her involvement with the MEK. The government also acknowledge the fact that her husband was executed by the Iranian authorities in 1988. And yet they have decided to deport her to a country where the authorities do not respect human rights and are still using medieval punishments.  do the Canadian immigration office not see how the Iranian regime is treating people that do not agree with their politics? While in Canada Azizi has been active in protesting against the clerical regime in Iran and all of these protests are closely monitored by the regime. The dangers against her life become very real if she is deported, there is no doubt that she will face imprisonment and even torture.
 
Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh, centre, takes part in protest outside the federal immigration and refugee offices in Montreal Feb. 21, 2017.

Kyle Matthews, head of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, says Azizi Mirmahaleh has reason to fear for her safety. "I assume that if this person is deported back to Iran, there's a very good chance this person will end up in prison, could be tortured," Matthews said. Matthews said that it's time Iran was added to the list of countries to which Canada will not deport refugee claimants, including Somalia and Syria."Iran is not a safe country. Iran has one of the most troubling human rights records of any country on the planet."
The NCRI is strongly condemning the arrest and deportation orders of Mrs. Azizi Mirmahaleh, and they are calling the parliament, political parties, and refugee and human rights organizations in Canada to take immediate and effective measures to prevent the expulsion or extradition of Azizi. The Iranian resistance stresses that it holds the Canadian government fully responsible for her life. 
Extraditing asylum seekers who have fled the hell of the mullahs regime is a violation of many international conventions, the right to asylum and universal principles of human rights for deals with a regime that has on its black record the execution of 120 000 political prisoners. 
This is why we must demand that the deportation order for Mrs. Azizi is revoked.


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