NEVER THOUGHT …
I was kidnapped in broad day light from my apartment and kept
in a 4’x6’ cell for the next 8 months, I never thought
that I would ever see daylight again.
When I was
enduring barbaric acts of torture, I never thought that I would
get out alive.
When I was
subjected to fake executions, I never thought that I would see
my wife and kids again.
I finally bought my freedom with a substantial amount of money,
I never thought that I would find a corner on the planet where
I could bring the irresponsible Government that subjected me to
state sponsored kidnapping, torture, false imprisonment and ransom
taking to face the justice.
When I moved
to Canada, I believed that I had finally found a judicial system
where respect for human rights was paramount over politics. I
came to my new home, Canada, to salve and rehabilitate my pain
and to restore my dignity.
When I finally
did bring an action against the Islamic Republic of Iran for the
pain, suffering and the torture that I had endured, I never thought
that Canada, my chosen home would intervene in the court against
me to defend the torturer...Sadly, however, it happened.
In the name
of sovereign state immunity, and to defend the State Immunity
Act, Canada has tried to block my claims against Iran, and thereby
has defended the kidnapper, the torturer, and the ransom taker.
the government of Canada invites hundreds of thousands of immigrant
professionals to Canada. These people make Canada their home and
many of them become citizens. They bring with them knowledge,
expertise, culture, dignity, and in some cases, cry for justice.
Surely it is wrong for Canada to accept everything that these
people have to offer, and yet to refuse to recognize their struggle
for restoring their dignity, and their cry for justice.
I am not the
only Canadian who has suffered from torture. There are many Bouzaris,
Kazemis, Sampsons, and Arars residing in Canada, in addition to
the thousands of other victims whose stories have not made the
headlines. The pleas of these victims for justice ought to be
heard in a court of law.
life after my horrifying ordeal finally ended, I am now determined
to show my appreciation for the value of life by dedicating all
of my time and effort to campaigning for the eradication of torture
in all corners of the world.
In order to
put an end to state sponsored torture, assist victims, and contribute
to the total abolition of torture everywhere, I have founded a
new and widely ambitious organization named the International
Coalition Against Torture, which aims at taking all the necessary
and lawful steps to abolish sovereign immunity for all acts of
torture, so that the pathway to justice for all victims of torture
will be open.
join us to make our world one where torture will have no place.
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