He also spoke of the need to end the human rights violations against girls and women, describing forced marriage as rape, and Nike Air Max 2015 Blue Lagoon/Bright Crimson
OTTAWA Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird warned the United Nations General Assembly on Monday to avoid being taken in by any Iranian charm offensives.
marriage is rape; it is violence against women. Early forced marriage is child rape, violence against young girls. The practice is abhorrent, indefensible and Canada condemns it.
Christian places of worship in numerous countries, including Pakistan, Tanzania, Egypt and Sri Lanka.
Canada will welcome reform, but will judge the Iranian regime by whether it delivers results and elevates the standard of living of its people, he added. In the meantime, he said, tough sanctions must be maintained.
I began these remarks, 100 children have been forced into marriage; 1,100 per hour; more than 26,000 per day, Baird told the General Assembly.
it is possible that the Iranian leader words represent a preliminary signal of a change in Iran policy, the shifting rhetoric may prove only a continuation of its desire to evade sanctions. severed diplomatic relations with Iran one year ago, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling the regime diplomats from Canada.
Last week, Baird co hosted a panel on the issue during the UN meetings in New York.
told the panel the practice is appalling violation of human rights and said Canada is committed to putting a stop to it.
On Iran, Baird was addressing an apparent thaw in the three decades of strained relations between the United States and Iran after President Barack Obama spoke by phone with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani last week. embassy in Tehran.
everyone says the meetings have been the fact remains we haven seen any change in Iran actions, Baird said.
Baird also touted his government creation of an Office of Religious Freedom, and said it is necessary because religious persecution continues to flourish.
observers see encouraging signs, but sound bites do not remove threats to global security, Baird said.
Baird warns of Iranian charm offensive in UN General Assembly speech
He cited numerous examples of attacks on Muslim, Buddhist and Air Max Thea Lilac
calling several times for the family to unite to end violence against women.
years, Hassan Rouhani has been at the centre of these efforts and has openly boasted of using talks as a veil to accelerate its nuclear capabilities, Shimon Koffler Fogel, the Nike Air Max 2015 Flyknit Mens head of the centre, said in a statement.
Baird evoked the memory of the failed appeasement of Nazi Germany in the year before the Second World War as he urged the gathered members in the UN chamber to tread carefully when taking Iran at its word.
year, nothing would make Canada more pleased than to see a change in Iran nuclear ambitions. A change to its terrible human rights record. And an end to Iran material support for terrorism, including Hezbollah. Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Ottawa lauded Baird strong statements on Iran, saying its leaders have a track record of denial, delay, and deception on the nuclear issue.
words, a smile and a charm offensive are not a substitute for real action. noted that the P5+1 the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany has met five times with Iran in the past two years to find an end to its nuclear standoff with the West.
Baird elaborated, at times passionately, on one of his signature initiatives: the plight of young girls and women forced into marriage.
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