The Canadian Foreign Ministry’s policies towards the Middle East are full of enormous paradoxes. While the Canadian Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland’s, response to the death of Canadian citizen Kavous Seyed-Emami in a Khomeiniist regime jail six months ago was only to ask for “clarifications” regarding his death, she expressed great concern for Saudi women who were detained and asked for their immediate release. Was she afraid of the Tehran regime, or was she influenced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the same Trudeau who broke ethics laws vacationing with the Aga Khan on his private island in the Bahamas?
Although there are human rights violations in all Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, what is happening in Iran is the height of unprecedented ruthlessness. Massive demonstrations sweeping the country are responded to only with repression, imprisonment and murder. Yet Canada issued just a weak statement at the beginning, and then remained silent about Mr. Seyed-Emami, and its prime minister, who is trying to market himself as a fighter for freedom, focuses on other countries while ignoring the biggest violator of human rights in the world.
Kavous Seyed-Emami was not the first Canadian citizen to fall afoul of the mullahs. In 2003, Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died while under arrest, after being raped and tortured. Her only “crime” had been taking pictures in front of Iran’s horrendous Evin prison. Her case led to marked decline, and eventually a rupture, in Iran-Canada diplomatic relations; in an era before Justin Trudeau’s decision to appease the Tehran regime.
There are thousands of political prisoners, men and women, in Iran, and from the beginning of this year their number has risen greatly, especially the number of female prisoners. If only the handsome prime minister and “friend of women” Trudeau paid attention to the thousands of detained women in Iran as he does for the dozens of detained women in Saudi Arabia, not to mention the human rights situation in Qatar.
Rumors are circulating that there is another reason for Canada’s firm stand against Saudi Arabia, namely, the arrest in Riyadh of former Saudi royal court chief Khalid Al-Tuwaijri, who was accused of major corruption cases. He is said to have Canadian nationality, and Canada is refusing to turn over his assets there to Riyadh.