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Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in VOW Statements & Endorsements

In Support of the Iranian Global Day of Action

JULY 25, 2009

STATEMENT OF THE CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is a Canada-wide Non Governmental Organization that works for peace and justice in Canada and the world.

We are here to add our voice to that of the international community demanding immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, including journalists, students, and civil society activists arrested in the protests following the disputed results of the Iranian June 12th election.

The Iranian government´s brutal response to these protests is a direct assault on the Iranian people´s human and civil rights and those of everyone who supports these ideals around the world.

Our expression of solidarity with the democratic movement of Iranians does not mean support for foreign acts of intervention. We firmly hold that the political fate of Iran must be determined by Iranians and their civil and political rights.

We condemn all those who attempt to advance their own military and corporate interests by exploiting the current turbulent political situation of Iran.

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace provides a means for its members to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict. We urge our government to ensure that resolution of this crisis involve women peacemakers in accordance with its obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

As women, we support the full involvement of women in this powerful nonviolent struggle for democracy. We mourn the death of Neda Aghasoltan who was killed while peacefully standing up for her rights, and for the rights of all Iranians. We call for the immediate release of Shadi Sadr, a women lawyer and activist, arrested one week ago.

We stand in solidarity with our sisters in Iran in their struggle for peace, human rights and justice.

Toronto. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Queen’s Park, north side.

Montreal. 1:30-4:30 PM. St. Catherine intersection, Atwater across AMC Theater.

Calgary. 12 Noon Rally. City Hall.

Halifax. 5:00 PM. Main Entrance, Public Gardens.

Victoria, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, front lawns. Green Human Chain (please wear green).

Vancouver. 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Vancouver Art Gallery, north side (W. Georgia, between Hornby and Howe).