A leading United Nations expert on human rights in Iran says now is the time for Canada and other countries to re-engage with Tehran as it looks to improve its relationship with the outside world.
Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, made the comments to a Senate committee Wednesday. His appearance before the committee comes as the Liberal government looks to re-engage with Iran, after a period of soured relations under the previous Conservative government.
“I believe that now more than ever, it is time for, in my view, Canada and the world community to work hand in hand to find … effective and creative ways to engage with Iran on human rights as they look to broaden their political, economic and cultural links with the outside world,” said Mr. Shaheed in a video appearance from Geneva.
No kidding. If "inclusive engagement with Iran" and Iran getting on with plans to build an Israel-incinerating nuke aren't "mutually exclusive," then why would anything else be?“Inclusive engagement with Iran and continued focus on human rights are not in, my view, mutually exclusive realities,” he said.