1000 days since flight PS752: Ottawa rally calls for action

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OTTAWA, Oct. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Association of Families of the Victims of Flight PS752 (the Association) held a rally in Ottawa on Tuesday to mark the thousandth day since the downing of Flight PS752. The rally continued the ongoing call for the Government of Canada to refer the case of PS752 to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization in Canada, whose demands are bolstered amid continuing human rights protests in Iran.

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“It has been a thousand days of tireless search for truth and justice for the 176 passengers and unborn child who were killed on flight PS752, including my wife and daughter,” said Hamed Esmaeilion, Chairman and spokesperson for the Association. “We are a group of grieving families often discouraged by the politics, legalities and processes that make justice feel so out of reach. But we are committed to pursuing our efforts with determination. We hope that our pain, our shattered lives and our efforts to reveal the truth will help pave the way for freedom and justice in Iran.

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The rally follows the Association’s recent submission of an Article 15 communication to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The submission alleged that perpetrators from the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IRGC committed certain war crimes and crimes against humanity against the passengers and crew of Flight PS752 and their surviving family members. This submission represents the Association’s determination to pursue all available avenues to hold Iran to account and achieve progress toward justice.

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In addition to referring the case to ICAO and listing the IRGC as a terrorist organization, the Association specifically calls on the Canadian government to take concrete action by opening a national criminal investigation into the PS752 case, investigating overt money laundering activities of the Islamic Republic, investigate how Islamic Republic agents, security and military personnel, politicians and their families reside in Canada and deport them without delay, and write a letter support for the Association’s Article 15 submission to the ICC.

Thousands of people attended the rally to stand with the Association and join them in calling on the government to do more. Participants marched from the Supreme Court of Canada to Parliament Hill, where several prominent speakers expressed their support. The Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport spoke on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Honorable Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition also delivered remarks at the event. Hamed Esmaeilion delivered a speech on behalf of the Association, which communicated the ongoing struggles to seek truth and justice and reiterated government actions needed to move the case forward.

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