October 4, 2012

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Governments/Political Affairs Editor

The former First Nations Chief Terrance Nelson is scheduled to travel to Iran on October 11th 2012 to meet with Islamic Regime officials despite the economic sanctions and the suspension of diplomatic ties between Canada and Iran.

Sayeh Hassan, an Iranian Canadian lawyer and pro-democracy activist stated “it is disgraceful to see Mr. Nelsons total disregard for the Iranian people whose rights are being systematically violated by the Regime on a daily basis! It is unfortunate to see that the former First Nation Chief has prioritized the perceived economic interest of his community ahead of human rights and democracy, values which is supposedly fighting for.”

Sayeh Hassan further stated “Experience has shown that the Islamic Regime will not step up and help anyone without expecting something in return. There is no telling what the Iranian Regime will expect from the First Nations Community in return for any cooperation or economic benefit. It is no secret that the Islamic Regime has been very active in spying on Iranian dissidents in Canada and has tried to infiltrate various Canadian entities. Who is to say the Regime would not require the First Nations Community to help the Regime with these goals?

Ms. Hassan concluded “I urge the First Nations community and all Canadians to condemn Mr. Nelsons trip to Iran which in part will serve to give the Regime a much needed credibility boost.

Media Contact: Sayeh Hassan, Criminal Defence Lawyer, Pro-democracy Activist

Tel: 416-363-9238




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