Iran has condemned Canada’s violation of the basic rights of the aboriginal community of the country, urging the international community to address the issue.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls the international community’s attention to the grave situation of the Canadian indigenous people and expresses its deep concern over the continued systematic violation of the basic rights of some one and a half million natives, the persistent discrimination and the inhumane conditions imposed against them by the Canadian government,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The statement added that Iran “strongly condemns” Canada’s mistreatment of the native community, and calls on the international community, UN human rights bodies, and in particular the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, to pursue the rights of the native people in the North American country and devise practical mechanisms to restore their basic rights.
It urged the Canadian government to fulfill its commitments to the native people and take concrete steps toward promoting the standards of living in hygiene, housing and education for the indigenous community.
The statement went on to say that the Canadian government lacked legitimacy to comment on the human rights situation in other countries since it was not fulfilling its commitments toward its own indigenous people and added any human rights claim by Ottawa against other countries would be interpreted as efforts to divert the public opinion from the massive human rights violations in Canada.
Native Canadians remain among the poorest members of the Canadian society with most of them suffering poor educational, economic and social conditions.