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Iranians' 'Happy' Dance Lands Them 91 Lashes Each, Canada Responds (VIDEO, TWEETS)

09/19/2014 04:43 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:01 EDT

When it comes to human rights in Iran, Canada doesn't often stay silent.

A group of Iranians have received a suspended sentence of 91 lashes each and six months behind bars after they released a video of themselves dancing to Pharrell's "Happy" on YouTube in May, The Telegraph reported.

Iranian authorities said the video violated the country's vulgarity rules, which ban public dancing.

A suspended sentence means that it won't be carried out unless the convicted commit a similar offense within a particular time period, which is three years in this case, The New York Times reported.

The sentencing didn't escape the notice of Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who re-tweeted the following post by Canada's diplomatic mission to Iran on Thursday.

The tweet is just one example of Canada's diplomatic officials taking strong stances on international affairs over social media.

In late August, Canada's delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) openly mocked Russia on Twitter, publishing a cheeky "guide" for Russian soldiers who "accidentally" cross into Ukraine.

The Moscow Times responded by pointing out that Canada's geography was wrong in the tweet, because it didn't take note of Russia's ownership of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea.

Russia's delegation to NATO also responded, tweeting a map that had the name "Russia" splashed over Crimea.

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