October 10, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that citizens cannot sue foreign governments for torture. Under the State Immunity Act, a foreign state is immune from the jurisdiction of any court in Canada, unless that state has waived such immunity. In the case at hand, a Canadian citizen visited Iran ...[read more]
December 3, 2009
by Megan McKee
The Quebec Superior Court began hearing arguments Wednesday on the pivotal issue of Canadian torture victims' right to sue foreign governments and foreign officials on Canadian soil. The case was brought by Stephan Hashemi, son of slain Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, against the... ...[read more]
August 8, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan and Hasan Mahmud: The Iranian government's decision to commute its earlier stoning sentence against four adults convicted of adultery is the right decision and a welcome move. It is also encouraging news that Iran has put a moratorium on such punishments, however, the natio... ...[read more]
July 30, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Farzana Hassan: The statistics are alarming. Eight women and one man have been sentenced to death over an adultery conviction in none other than, Ayatollah, mullah-ridden Iran. As if criminalizing adultery in the absence of a similar ruling on rape isn't enough of a mockery of justice. I... ...[read more]
November 27, 2007
by James M Yoch Jr
The Iranian Supreme Court has ordered a new probe in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened, a representative of the court said Tuesday. Kazemi died under suspicious circumstances in 2003 while under the ...[read more]
November 3, 2007
by Patrick Porter
A Canadian-based filmmaker accused of intending to spread propaganda will face a secret trial in Iran on November 17, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported Saturday. Mehrnoushe Solouki holds dual French and Iranian nationality and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Quebec at ...[read more]
July 2, 2007
by Michael Sung
The Iranian Supreme Court held a hearing Sunday in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened. Kazemi's family argued that there hasn't been an adequate investigation into her death and urged that the case... ...[read more]
July 18, 2006
by Joe Shaulis
Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani says he has received a five-year prison sentence for disclosing confidential information and engaging in propaganda against the regime, even though neither he nor his lawyers appeared in court or saw the primary evidence against him. Working with ...[read more]
June 23, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
Canada authorities confirmed Friday that they had asked Germany to detain Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi if he passed through German territory after attending the inaugural meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, as an observer. Mortazavi is widely suspected of being ...[read more]
June 22, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
Iran has received nearly universal condemnation for selecting Tehran Prosecutor-General Saeed Mortazavi to attend the inaugural meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as an observer. Mortazavi is widely suspected of being present in July 2003 when Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra ...[read more]

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