20 July 2010

Iran expresses concern about suppression of protesters at Canadian G20 summit

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has expressed concerns over the treatment of protesters at the recent G20 summit in Toronto, Canada.

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said the Islamic Republic of Iran has concerns over the violation of human rights in Canada.

Canadian Police arrested 500 people after a group broke away from peaceful protests and torched police cards and smashed storefronts close to the G20 summit.

The initially peaceful march was organised by unions and activists who say G20 economic policies favour the wealthy.

“The repeated violation of the citizens' rights during the Toronto demonstration and assault and battery against the protesters is not an issue to keep mum about," Mr Mehman-Parast said. 

Mr Mehman-Parast said respect for human rights was a global commitment and reiterated that countries should not resort to political justification to escape its implementation.

Last week, Canadian Embassy officials in Tehran were summoned to meet with the Iranian Foreign Ministry to discuss the issue.

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