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Meeting No. 77
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development met in camera at 1:07 p.m. this day, in Room 253-D, Centre Block, the Chair, Scott Reid, presiding.


Members of the Subcommittee present: Hon. Irwin Cotler, Nina Grewal, Pierre Jacob, Wayne Marston, Scott Reid, Gary Ralph Schellenberger and David Sweet.


Acting Members present: Francis Scarpaleggia for Hon. Irwin Cotler.


In attendance: Library of Parliament: Erin Shaw, Analyst; Brian Hermon, Analyst.


Witnesses: Rights Action: Karen Spring, Coordinator, Central America.

The Subcommittee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Subcommittee business.

It was agreed, — Whereas the persistent and pervasive assault on human rights in Iran has intensified in the run-up to the June 2013 Iranian presidential elections;

Whereas Iran’s 2009 elections were accompanied by a massive crackdown that continues to this day;

Whereas this Subcommittee two years ago found Iran to be engaged in massive domestic human rights violations; state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, state sponsorship of international terror, and nuclear development in violation of UN Security Council resolutions;

Whereas there have been dramatic developments in these four areas that warrant attention and action;

Be it resolved that the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade hold hearings on the Iranian four-fold threat: The nuclear threat, human rights violations, state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, and state-sponsorship of international terrorism, and addressing the role that Canada can play in combating this Iranian four-fold threat.


At 1:15 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:17 p.m., the sitting resumed in a public and televised session.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Subcommittee on Thursday, October 4, 2012, the Subcommittee resumed its study of the human rights situation in Honduras.

Karen Spring made a statement and answered questions.


At 2:13 p.m., the Subcommittee adjourned to the call of the Chair.


Andrew Lauzon
Committee Clerk

2013/05/03 11:17 a.m.