Jan 14, 2019 11:01 Asia/Tehran
  • Canadians criticises Irwin Cotler nomination for Nobel Peace Prize. Photo by change.org
    Canadians criticises Irwin Cotler nomination for Nobel Peace Prize. Photo by change.org

A group of Canadian, signed a letter to members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, saying that Irwin Cotler,  Member of Parliament and unabashed Iran hawk who vehemently supported imposing sanction against Tehran, does not deserve nomination for Nobel Peace Prize.

Iran PressAmerica: "We, the undersigned and believe that Irwin Cotler gravely fails to match any criteria to be recognized an initiator of global peace as he has repeatedly proven to take sides with the most notorious political actors instigating conflicts and prolonging instability at the international stage," the letter said.

According to reports published in recent days, Irwin Cotler, the former Canadian Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Iran Press reported.

"Irwin Coltler has frequently used his status to prevent both his party and the Canadian government from condemning the Israeli violations of international law as well as their constant abuse of human rights against Palestinians," the letter said.

"In his most recent remarks Irwin Cotler has expressed regrets at the Canadian government's statement criticizing Israel's use of force for killing over 60 protesters near the Gaza border in just one day back in May 2018. Instead of condemning Israel’s discriminatory policies against Palestinians, Cotler often speaks against the UN when the international community calls on Israel to abide by international law and respect the rights of the Palestinians," the letter noted.

According to the letter, Irwin Cotler has also been the central figure lobbying the Canadian government in 2012 to remove the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an infamous terrorist group, from the Canadian list of Terrorist Organizations. MKO has been responsible for the killing of thousands during the Iran-Iraq war by joining forces with Saddam regime. They have also been engaged in numerous assassinations that resulted in killing of over 10,000 innocent Iranians in the 1980s. They were also involved in assassination of American citizens in the 1970s.

"Finally, Irwin Cotler has served on the advisory board of the 'United Against Nuclear Iran', a neo-conservative lobby organization that has vigorously sought to undermine the Nuclear Agreement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 between that country and the P5+1," the letter added.

"Yet Irwin Cotler has consistently lobbied against the agreement since its initial signing in 2015 and was part of the campaign lobbying the US Congress to vote down the agreement. Once the agreement was signed he tirelessly began to undermine it by discouraging businesses from investing in Iran, essentially pressuring the US and the Canadian government to ignore their obligations vis a vis JCPOA and forcing them to consider imposing further sanctions on Iran," It said.

"Moreover, and through his work with neo-conservative lobby groups as well as the infamous MKO and its affiliates Irwin Cotler has tried to undermine the nuclear agreement with Iran seeking to reverse attempts to reinstate peace and mitigating tension in that region. For these reasons we believe that Cotler fails to meet substantial criteria needed for recognition of a Nobel Peace Prize," the letter concluded. 101/201

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