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Activists in Canada protest against the government's violation of the rights of the aboriginals. (File photo)

Activists in Canada protest against the government's violation of the rights of the aboriginals. (File photo)

Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Javad Kolivand has criticized the Canadian government for the violation of the rights of indigenous peoples, noting that Ottawa is the worst violator of human rights in the world. “The Canadian government has long been among the so-called Western advocates of human rights. Nevertheless, it tops the list of human rights violators,” he stated. Kolivand added that Canadian aboriginals are deprived of their basic rights -- including the right to education and participation in the public sphere, calling on the international organizations to break their silence and stop the organized violence by the Canadian government against the ethnic community. The government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under criticism for its violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada. Many of Canada’s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates. In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International asked Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples. MP/SS